Fires burn above Galena Bay, resulting in an evacuation alert for the area. ~ Photo by Alex Cooper, Revelstoke Review

Evacuation alert for Galena Bay continues as fire expands

Fire above Galena Bay area expands to 250 hectares

An evacuation alert for the Galena Bay area remains in place six days after it was first issued.

A small fire in the Galena Bay area south of Revelstoke flared up last Friday, Aug. 4, causing emergency officials to put local property owners and others in the area on alert.

The alert applies the communities of Galena and Beaton, and anyone living near the Galena Bay ferry and along Highway 31 to Armstrong Lake. A map of the evacuation area can be seen at the end of this article.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, the fire has now burned 250 hectares, up from 120 hectares last Saturday, Aug. 5, the day the alert was issued.

BCWS has upped the amount of resources fighting the blaze; 34 firefighters, two helicopters and one piece of heavy equipment are now on scene.

“Crews are working on the west flank of this fire with the aid of helicopters and heavy equipment,” says the BCWS. “Crews continue to put guard in and are working to widen existing guard in some areas. Some growth was experienced uphill overnight, there is no updated fire size at this time due to low visibility.”

On Tuesday, Dwayne Voykin, the emergency coordinator for the area, told Revelstoke council there was 36 homes in the area, plus people camping and working.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN ALERT IS IN EFFECT

Upon notification of an alert, you should be prepared for the evacuation order by:

• Refer to Emergency Info BC’s guide.

• Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting place outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.

• Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc). Have these items readily available for quick departure.

• Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.

• Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.

• Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, reception centres will be opened if required.

• Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of reception centres.

 

A map of the evacuation area.

Just Posted

Okanagan Water Board opens floodgates with call for grant applications

Water Conservation and Quality Improvement program open from Armstrong to Osoyoos

Free public transit in Revelstoke this New Year’s Eve

City council approved the budget to cover the cost

Grizzlies’ goalie name KIJHL star of the week

Noah Desouza had an amazing game on Dec. 6

Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla Highway

Up to 25 cm of snow is expected to fall in the region by Thursday

Revelstoke schools graffitied

Revelstoke Secondary School and Begbie View Elementary were defaced last weekend

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Raptors fans show Kawhi the love in his return to Toronto

Leonard receives championship ring, leads new club to win

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

Disturbing find: Shuswap family seeking Christmas tree locates several animal carcasses

Black bear, a coyote and five deer found dumped in gravel pit west of Salmon Arm

RCMP uncover meth in arrest of Sicamous woman linked to alleged pellet gun shooting

Police say methamphetamine and other drugs found in car driven by suspect

Pawsative Pups: Help your dog love their crate

Lisa Davies is a new columnist for Black Press who writes about dog training

Spark Joy: The art of giving and receiving

Barb and Wendy at Simply Spark Joy help you to create a clutter free home on the Black Press Media

Coldstream surf shop welcomes winter with paddle

Winter Chill event Saturday, Dec. 21, on Kal Lake is ‘food’-raiser for food bank

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

Most Read