UPDATE: Wildland fire along Highway 97 near Clerke Road


(As of 2:30 a.m.) Emergency response continues to a large wildland fire along Highway 97 near Clerke Road, with a unified command from five regional fire departments, BC Wildfire Service, RCMP and BC Ambulance Service.

A tactical evacuation has taken place for residences along Clerke Road. The District of Coldstream has announced an Emergency Support Services (ESS) Centre has been set up at the District’s Town Hall (9901 Kalamalka Road) for evacuees from Clerke Road.

Residences on Commonage Road have been placed under Evacuation Alert, between Allen Brooks Way and Bailey Road.

Residences on Kalamalka Lakeview Drive and Carriage Lane are now being placed on Evacuation Alert by RCMP, with police going door-to-door to notify residents.

The fire remains listed as out of control.

Highway 97 is closed in both directions between Clerke Road and Birnie Road. Motorists are asked to avoid traveling near the area.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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What to do when an Evacuation Alert is in effect:
Upon notification of an Evacuation Alert, you should be prepared for an Evacuation Order by:

  • Locating all family members and designating a meeting area outside the evacuation area, should an Evacuation Order be called while separated.
  • Packing essential items such as government-issued ID, medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (e.g. insurance, credit, and mortgage information), immediate care needs for dependents and, if time and space permits, keepsakes for quick departure.
  • Preparing to move limited mobility persons, children and/or neighbours, if assistance is needed.
  • Preparing to take pets with you and move livestock to a safe area (if possible).
  • Arranging transportation for all your household members. Filling the gas tanks of personal vehicles.
  • Arranging accommodation for all members of the residence, if possible.
  • Waiting for an Evacuation Order to be issued before evacuating. Monitoring local news and the City’s website for information on evacuation orders and location of Reception Centres.

What is an Evacuation Alert? 
During an evacuation alert, people should be prepared to evacuate the area.  If not already prepared, use this undetermined period of time to begin an orderly preparation for a possible Evacuation Order.