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Evacuation order issued by PRRD for Stoddart Creek wildfire

An order hasn’t been in effect since May, when the fire first forced municipalities to prepare for potential evacuation.
The evacuation order area.

At the recommendation of the BC Wildfire Service, the Peace River Regional District has issued an Evacuation Order area for the Stoddart Creek wildfire, which has reignited. The order was given on September 15.

Stoddart Creek Evacuation Order #5 is now in effect in the following areas:

  • Following the southern boundary of Blueberry River First Nations reserve lands and the Blueberry River east to the bridge on the Prespatou Road,
  • South along Prespatou Road to a point 3.2 km north of 264 Road
  • Due west to a point 3.2 km east of the Beatton Airport Road
  • Due north to a point of intersection with the Blueberry River

And includes the following addresses:

  • 13408 272 Rd
  • 17483 Prespatou Rd
  • 13368 272 Rd
  • 17903 Prespatou Rd
  • 13646 272 Rd
  • 13769 272 Rd
  • 12953 272 Rd
  • 17493 279 Rd
  • 12881 272 Rd
  • 18354 277 Rd
  • 13469 272 Rd
  • 17773 Prespatou Rd
  • 18183 Prespatou Rd
  • 18352 277 Rd
  • 17795 Prespatou Rd
  • 17777 Prespatou Rd

Evacuation Orders are issued on the recommendation of BC Wildfire when there is an immediate threat to life safety. Anyone under the age of 19 is required to evacuate by law.

If you need assistance to evacuate from the area, such as for transportation, mobility, health, or other needs, please advise the person providing this notice or call 1-800-670-7773.

The order does not affect First Nations communities or municipalities as they issue their own orders and alerts.

However, Blueberry River First Nation has launched a level 1 alert for their Emergency Operations Centre, with an order for Elders and members with chronic illnesses to leave the community.

The City of Fort St. John has opened an Emergency Support Services Reception Centre at the North Peace Arena (9805 - 96 Avenue, Fort St. John).

The Stoddart Creek fire is currently listed as out of control at 29,505.9 hectares, according the BC Wildfire Service website.

This is a developing story.

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