The evacuation area for the Michaud Creek fire. Map: RDCK

The evacuation area for the Michaud Creek fire. Map: RDCK

UPDATE: Evacuation orders, alerts continue as Lower Arrow Lake fire grows to 2500 hectares

Michaud Creek fire now over 2500 hectares, Octopus Creek fire over 1000 hectares

UPDATE: July 17, 5:00 p.m.

A new evacuation order has been issued related to te Octopus Creek wildfire for the south side of Taite Creek including the Taite Creek recreation site in RDCK Area K. Maps and instructions for all of the evacuation notices can be found at RDCK.bc.ca.

The Octupus Creek fire has grown by almost 1000 hectares since yesterday to 1172 hectares.

The Michaud Creek fire has grown from 450 hectares yesterday to 2500 hectares as of Saturday afternoon.

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A fire along the west shore of Lower Arrow Lake has grown drastically, resulting in an evacuation order for several rural properties and an evacuation alert for the community of Edgewood.

The orders were issued by the Regional District of Central Kootenay on Friday evening, July 16.

The evacuation order is for properties within Areas J and K and runs from Bowman Creek along the west shore of Lower Arrow Lake up to Johnston Creek.

The evacuation alert area starts at Johnston Creek and continues north to Highway 6, including the communities of Edgewood and Needles. Under the evacuation alert, residents and visitors should be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

The Michaud Creek wildfire was discovered on July 10 and is an estimated 2500 hectares. BCWS has determined the cause to be lightning.

The fire is being driven by wind and an abundance of dry fuels, it is moving north on the west side of the Lower Arrow Lake, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

On July 15, the fire was only 23 hectares.

The BC Wildfire Service is continuing to monitor and assess the Michaud Creek Fire. Control options are being assessed for this incident and resources are being mobilized.

Octopus Creek

Another set of evacuation alerts was issued for the communities of Applegrove and Fauquier on the east shore of Lower Arrow Lake in Area K due to the Octopus Creek wildfire.

The Octopus Creek wildfire was first discovered on July 11 and is 1172 hectares, growing by almost 1000 hectares since Friday night. The BCWS has determined the cause to be lightning.

A dozen fires are burning along Lower Arrow Lake between Castlegar and Edgewood.

More to come …

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