City of Kamloops Wildfire Preparedness Plan

Release date: 
August 16, 2017

Kamloops, BC - The Elephant Hill Wildfire is approximately 40 kilometres away from City of Kamloops boundaries. Although the Elephant Hill Wildfire currently poses no significant threat to the City, Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR) have proactively prepared a Wildfire Protection Plan. The plan includes additional firefighter support and equipment, and if necessary, executing a measured evacuation. Kamloops Fire Rescue is monitoring the proximity of nearby fires very closely and are in daily communication with the BC Wildfire Service.

There has been some confusion about the proximity of this fire to city boundaries, as online wildfire maps may be easily misread. The City would like to inform residents that the boundaries of evacuation order and alert areas on online maps do not reflect the active fire perimeters. The City encourages residents to visit BC Wildfire Service.

Recent rain and cooler weather have made a slight improvement in fire conditions, but these conditions can change quickly. Residents are asked to continue to stay on high alert when it comes to the fire risk in our area.

All of the City's nature parks remain closed due to the extreme fire risk. This order is reviewed regularly by the KFR management team.

KFR and the City of Kamloops are working hard to keep our city safe. We ask residents to remain vigilant and be prepared. For information on emergency preparedness, please visit www.kamloops.ca/emergencyprogram.

Protect your home from wildfire by using the FireSmart principles. Information on FireSmart is available at www.firesmartcanada.ca and on the City’s website at www.kamloops.ca/firesmart.
 

Media Contact:

Michael Adams, Fire Chief
Kamloops Fire Rescue
madams@kamloops.ca
250-828-3725