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Evacuation alert issued due to Connell Ridge fire

Six properties south of Mount Baker along Gold Creek Forest Service Road are on an evacuation alert due to a nearby fire.

The Connell Ridge fire is around 150 hectares in size and 15 kilometres south of Cranbrook.

“Evacuation Alerts are intended to give people time to prepare themselves so that they are ready to leave immediately if an Evacuation Order is issued,” said East Kootenay Regional Emergency Operation Centre Information Officer, Loree Duczek.

“Residents within the Alert area with livestock or large animals are encouraged to take steps now to find a place to relocate their animals.”

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You are encouraged to take the proper steps to prepare for a full evacuation.

This includes making a family reunification plan, gathering necessary supplies like medication and signing up for the Regional Evacuation Notification System.

“In addition, if residents have RV trailers or boats in the Alert area, now is the time to move them. If an Evacuation Order needs to be issued, the priority is getting people out, and RVs and boats will be left behind at that point,” explains Duczek.

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