Kookipi Creek Wildfire Update
September 21, 2023
BC Wildfire Service continues to operate in the area to protect structures, and there are currently 56 personnel, three helicopters, and five heavy equipment working to contain this wildfire.
Weather and Fire Behaviour
Fire behaviour has been reduced in all areas of the Kookipi Creek fire following recent rain, lower temperatures, and higher relative humidity. A fall-like, wet pattern is predicted to start early next week when more significant rainfall is expected in all areas of the Coastal Fire Centre.
Slope stability concerns along the Nahatlatch, South Spencer, Keefers and Texas Creek roads are likely to continue following rain events. Debris can be prone to fall on roadways after wildfire passes through steep areas. Motorists should exercise caution when transiting roadways in the vicinity of this fire.
The public is asked to stay out of the immediate vicinity of the Kookipi Creek wildfire and off the roads as much as possible to allow for essential crews and personnel to move and work safely throughout the area.
Area Restriction Orders
BC Wildfire Service implemented an Area Restriction Order within the vicinity of the Kookipi Creek wildfire (V11337) on September 5, 2023, which will remain in place until 12 (midnight) PDT on September 26, 2023, or until the Order is rescinded. For more info and a map, visit the Coastal Fire Centre bans and restrictions webpage.
Until the rains come, ground crews will continue to monitor, patrol and action hot spots near communities, infrastructure, properties, and identified First Nations' values.
Evacuation Orders & Alerts
There are currently no Evacuation Orders in place. The Evacuation Alert from September 8, 2023, remains unchanged. A copy of the alert and map can be found at fvrd.ca/eoc.
The danger of wildfire may reoccur (caused by new ignitions, lightning strikes, or a change in the prevailing winds for example), and an Evacuation Alert or Evacuation Order may need to be reissued.
If your Evacuation Order has been rescinded and you have been advised you may return to your property, please read the Re-entry Guide first. This document contains important safety information and a list of useful contacts and resources.
Road Closures and Access
For the most up-to-date status of road closures and travel advisories, residents should refer to drivebc.ca.