Sep 11, 2012 / 8:30 am
The Emergency Operation Centre reminds all residents that although the fire affected area may appear safe, serious hazards still remain. Listed below are hazards you may come across:
- Widow Makers – burnt trees with little or no limbs that have limited structural support and may fall silently at any time.
- Easy Bake Ovens – burning root structures that leave the surrounding ground unstable and extremely hot. The roots can burn for days and are extremely dangerous. These areas may appear as “dinosaur footprints” and must be avoided at all times.
- Falling Limbs – may occur in any area where trees have been exposed to the fire.
- Electrical Hazards – Please be aware of fallen power lines (and other utility lines) and power poles affected by the fire. Some poles may be unstable. Treat all fallen lines with extreme caution. If you come across a utility line that may be activated, contact the necessary utility company.
- Structural Hazards – Some of the homes affected by the fire may have structural hazards, fall hazards, and potentially dangerous gas pockets. Avoid private properties at all times. Standing chimneys and walls may appear to be sound. Be aware the concrete in these structures may be fragile due to excessive heat that may collapse at any time.
- General Site Safety – Emergency response personnel may be active in many of the areas you are working. Please do not block access to streets.
- Wild Animals – The fire may have affected wild animals in the area. If you spot a bear, cougar, or other animals in distress, please keep your distance and contact the conservation officer.
Residents are encouraged to check out the Interior Health webpage for information regarding exposure to smoke from forest fires, food safety, water quality and septic tanks and disposal fields.
New information and updates on the Evacuation Orders and Alerts will be available on the Regional District Emergency Program website. Public inquiries can be directed to 1-877-569-8490.
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