Evacuation Order EXPANDED – September 8, 2018

EVACUATION ORDER ISSUED

Amendment to Evacuation Order issued August 18, 2018 13:20

Effective September 8, 2018 8:00am

On the recommendation of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development, an Evacuation Order has been issued by the Village of Zeballos due to immediate danger to life safety due to potential debris falls or slides. Members of the RCMP and Zeballos Emergency Program will be expediting this action.

The Evacuation Order is in effect for the following areas:

    • All houses North of the Sugarloaf Bridge.
    • All houses on the east side of Maquinna Avenue North of Pandora Crescent.
    • All houses on Pandora Crescent that are east of Maquinna Avenue
    • The following houses on the east side of Ferris Road: 402-B, 404, and 406

Map of Order: 2018 Evacuation Order Map – Ferris Road, East Side of Maquinna, North of Sugar Loaf Bridge

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

You must leave the area immediately

Follow the travel route provided and register at the Village Office at 157 Maquinna Avenue   .

If you need transportation assistance from the area please advise the individual providing this notice or call     250-761-4229           .

Close all windows and doors

Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers

Close gates (latch) but do not lock

Gather your family: take a neighbour or someone who needs help

Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and Keys) only if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.

Do not use more vehicles then you have to.

Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service.

YOU MUST LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY

For more information contact: 250-761-4229

See official Evacuation Order here: Evacuation Order_Debris Fall Risk Sept 8, 2018

 

Zeballos Fire Update – September 4, 2018

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Wildfire update:

The fire had very little movement since our last update. Hot spots throughout the fire zone continue to smolder. BCWS crews fought the hot spots behind homes and have been bucketing hot spots with a heavy helicopter on the South flank when required. The sprinkler system set up behind homes on Pandora Crescent will remain in place. The Comox Structural Protection Unit and medics have been released from their duties in the Village and have returned home.

Fortunately, the forecast for rain in the coming days will help in finally putting this fire to rest!

Zeballos Fire Update – September 3, 2018

Monday, September 3, 2018 Wildfire update:

The Village received 11mm of rain overnight, and the fire has calmed down a bit. Port McNeill FD was released from duty in the Village and returned home. Comox SPU may be released Tuesday or Wednesday. Two medic personnel will remain in town for now. BCWS, the Village, and the Province will be looking into a slope stability assessment.

BCWS crews will continue to monitor the hot spots located behind the properties at the top of Pandora Crescent and North Maquinna and extinguish as required. The existing sprinkler systems on structures will continue to be maintained and expanded as required.

View the PDF version of this update here: Zeballos Wildfire Update – September 3

Zeballos Fire Update – September 2, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018 Wildfire update:

The fire remains at approximately 168 hectares, with very little change or movement. Heavy helicopters will continue to assess the fire and bucket water as appropriate in the mornings and the evenings. Water bucketing must be done strategically to be effective.

On the North Flank, BCWS crew were able to extinguish several smoldering fires coming down the mountain at the top of Pandora Crescent. BC Wildfire Service, Port McNeill FD and Comox Structural Protection Unit are continuing to monitor structures adjacent to the mountain.

The South flank of the fire nearest to the powerlines is being monitored. The terrain is too steep to allow personnel in for an attack from the ground at this time.

Zeballos Fire Update – September 1, 2018

Saturday, September 1, 2018 Wildfire update:

The fire remains at approximately 168 hectares, with very little change or movement. Heavy helicopters will continue to assess the fire and bucket water as appropriate in the mornings and the evenings. Water bucketing must be done strategically to be effective.

On the North Flank, BCWS has had some success containing the fire coming down the mountain at the top of Pandora Crescent and will continue working on that today. BC Wildfire Service, Port McNeill FD and Comox Structural Protection Unit are continuing to monitor structures adjacent to the mountain.

The South flank of the fire nearest to the powerlines is being monitored but is not currently an immediate threat.

View the PDF version of this update here: Zeballos Wildfire Update – September 1

Zeballos Fire Update – August 30, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018 Wildfire update:

The State of Local Emergency has been extended to September 6, 2018 and will be re-evaluated weekly.

The fire remains at approximately 168 hectares. On the South flank, a trail has been cut from the powerlines into the tree-line to assess the terrain for possible fire crew accessibility. Additional equipment, including another water bladder has been acquired and will be used behind the houses on Pandora Crescent and at the North end of Maquinna Ave.

BCWS used water lines to hose the fire that has crept down the mountainside at the top of Pandora. This area continues to be monitored by BCWS, Port McNeill Fire Department as well as Comox Structural Protection personnel.

Wildfires & Air Quality

Forest fire smoke is a complex and dynamic mixture of gases and very small particles that can irritate the respiratory system and cause systemic inflammation.

Advice to minimize health effects:

  • If you have a chronic condition, have rescue medication on hand at all times and a plan to follow if your rescue medication cannot bring your condition under control.
  • Look for indoor environments that might be less smoky, such as shopping malls, community centres and libraries.
  • Avoid physical exertion because the amount of smoke you breathe increases as your breathing rate increases.
  • Keep hydrated as it helps your body deal with inflammation.