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Emergency Notices


From time to time, Council or the Regional District may declare states of emergency under the Emergency Program Act for local states of emergency. In the event that an emergency is declared, notification of the emergency will be posted to this website.

Active Emergency Notices

Visit the Bulkley-Nechako Emergency Information Facebook page for the latest updates. All inquires should be directed to the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako. For public inquiry, please contact: Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako at www.rdbn.bc.ca or call 250-692-3195 or 1-800-320-3339. Notices are also shared from the Bulkley-Nechako Emergency Information page to our Houston BC Emergencies Facebook page.

Verdun Fire - Partial Evacuation Order Rescinded- September 3rd 2018, 1800 hours

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Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development -Media Release - People Urged to Use Caution in the Backcountry - August 24th 2018

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Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako - Nadina-Verdun Lake Wildfire - Access Permits Media Release- August 23rd 2018, 1215 hours

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District of Houston - Nadina Lake Wildfire - Supporting Wildfire Efforts Media Release- August 20th 2018, 1630 hours

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District of Houston - Nadina-Verdun Wildfire Media Release- August 17th 2018, 900 hours

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Updated Gilmore Lake Evacuation Order Rescinded - August 15th 2018, 1800 hours

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Updated Nadina-Verdun Evacuation Order and Alert - August 15th 2018, 1700 hours

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Updated Nadina-Verdun Evacuation Order and Alert - August 15th 2018, 930 hours

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Updated Nadina-Verdun Evacuation Order and Alert - August 14th 2018, 1630 hours

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an Evacuation Order and an Evacuation Alert for the Nadina-Verdun Fire, as shown in the attached map. Visit the Bulkley-Nechako Emergency Information Facebook page for the latest updates. abc
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Updated Nadina-Verdun Evacuation Order and Alert - August 14th 2018, 1200 hours

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an Evacuation Order and an Evacuation Alert for the Nadina-Verdun Fire, as shown in the attached map. Visit the Bulkley-Nechako Emergency Information Facebook page for the latest updates. NV1
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Nadina Lake Evacuation Order and Alert

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an Evacuation Order and an Evacuation Alert for the Nadina Lake Fire, as shown in the attached map. Visit the Bulkley-Nechako Emergency Information Facebook page for the latest updates. N1
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Gilmore Lake Evacuation Order and Alert

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an Evacuation Order and an Evacuation Alert for the Gilmore Lake Fire, as shown in the attached map. Visit the Bulkley-Nechako Emergency Information Facebook page for the latest updates.
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Air Quality Advisory

For residents of Houston and especially those who have medical conditions, due the poor air quality resulting from wildfires the District of Houston advises residents to stay indoors and limit time/activities spent outdoors. The District of Houston is closely monitoring the air quality situation and will provide updates to this page as we are provided more information. People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.

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For more information visit: Government of BC - Air Quality Advisories

Fire Ban

Due to hot and dry conditions and an increased wildfire risk, the BC Wildfire Service will be prohibiting campfires, Category 2 open burns and Category 3 open burns within the Northwest Fire Centre’s jurisdiction effective at noon on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. There are currently 31 wildfires in the Northwest Fire Centre. These prohibitions will help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety, and will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified. A map of the affected area is available online: Map of Affected Area

The following activities will be prohibited throughout the Northwest Fire Centre:

  • campfires
  • backyard and industrial burning (Category 2 and Category 3 open burns)
  • the use of outdoor stoves and other portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved
  • the use of fireworks, firecrackers, tiki torches, sky lanterns, chimineas and burning barrels
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g., for rifle target practice) These prohibitions do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to portable campfire apparatuses with a CSA or ULC rating that use briquettes, liquid fuel or gaseous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

This prohibition applies to all public and private land, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw). Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire. Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs. The Northwest Fire Centre extends from the Yukon Territory border in the north to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the south, and from the Pacific Ocean and Alaska border in the west to just east of Endako. To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll- free. Visit BC Wildfire Service

For more information please see: Burning Ban

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