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Wildfires: BC no longer in state of emergency

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

British Columbia ended the provincial state of emergency in response to wildfires at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

The province has returned to a standard emergency response, but a government press release cautioned that “the wildfire season is not over [and] it is vital that the public remain prepared and follow the continued direction of local authorities.”

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Wildfire update from Coastal Fire Centre

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Although the campfire ban was lifted on Sept. 3 for most of the BC Coastal Fire Centre region, which Cortes Island belongs to, it’s important to continue using extreme caution, said the fire centre’s staff.

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Wildfire evacuation alert for southern Sonora Island residents

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) issued a wildfire evacuation alert for Sonora Island residents south of Hyacinth and Dorr Lakes. The alert is currently just a precaution, but residents are asked to prepare to leave their homes on short notice.

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Wildfire smoke clouding the skies

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The air quality and visibility over the weekend was noticeably affected by particulates in forest fire smoke traveling across the landscape, and will likely be present in the region into Wednesday afternoon.

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Heat wave: Campfire Ban

In the midst of heat wave that is breaking temperatures across British Columbia, the BC Wildfire Service is imposing a ban on all open fires, including campfires, fireworks, tiki torches, outdoor stoves, sky lanterns, and/or burn barrels in the Greater Campbell River area. 

This prohibition will remain in effect until noon on Oct. 15, 2021, or until the order is rescinded.

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