Fire risk in Fort St. James

Wildfires in surrounding areas have proven to be a risk for Fort St. James.

The risk of wildfires for Fort St. James has been apparent in the recent ash and smoke.

Although there are currently no wildfires in the area, the Nak’azdli Band and District of Fort St. James offices continue to monitor the situation through information provided by the Wildfire Management Branch.

If and when a wildfire starts that could impact the community, the Wildfire Management Branch (WMB) will contact the District of Fort St. James and Nak’azdli Band and the Integrated Emergency Management Plan will be activated,” said Emily Colombo, economic development officer, in a media release Friday July 18.

Residents will be notified by the District of Fort St. James and Nak’azdli Band if either an ‘Evacuation Alert’ or ‘Evacuation Order’ is required via door-to-door notification, the district and band websites, twitter an Facebook feeds, local radio station 97.9, electronic signs, etc.

The District of Fort St. James reminds families to review their emergency plans including the steps they would take in the event a home evacuation was in order. Families may consider things like insurance papers and important documents, personal memorabilia and medical requirements such as prescriptions and glasses.

The district also reminds residents within municipal boundaries that a burning permit is required for backyard campfires and to be cautious when having and putting them out.

To report a wildfire call 1-800-633-5555 or *5555 from your cell phone. For current wildfires, fire bans and evacuations, visit www.bcwildfire.ca.