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Evacuation Alert issued for Cedarvale and Woodcock area due to advancing wildfire

Residents urged to prepare for potential evacuation as wildfire continues to spread uncontrolled

An Evacuation Alert has been issued for the Cedarvale and Woodcock area by the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine due to an advancing wildfire, effective 5 p.m. on July 14.

Residents within the specified area, downhill of R41261, between the 8 and 23-kilometre markers on Cedarvale Rd., are being advised to prepare for a potential evacuation. The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine acknowledges the fluid nature of the situation, noting that shifting conditions may constrain the notice period for a mandatory evacuation.

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine strongly encourages residents to register for its mass notification system, which provides real-time updates on the escalating situation. As part of the recommended preparation measures, locals are advised to locate all family members and agree on a meeting spot outside the evacuation zone.

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Residents are also urged to pack essential items, plan for the evacuation of dependents, pets and livestock and to secure transportation and accommodation arrangements. The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine is directing residents to monitor their website and local news outlets for further information.

An Emergency Support Services hotline has been set up at (250) 641-2443 to aid residents who may be displaced due to the imminent emergency.

The wildfire, which was first detected on July 11, has so far defied containment efforts by BC Wildfire Service. Lightning is suspected to be the cause of the blaze.

The community remains on high alert as the fire continues to spread uncontrolled. Residents are urged to stay vigilant, adhere to official guidelines and prepare for a potential evacuation order.

Viktor Elias joined the Terrace Standard in April 2023.

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