Revelstoke fire chief on emergency and evacuation plans
Revelstoke is faring well amidst the current devastating fires going on around the interior at the moment. There is no imminent threat to the town, and evacuees from the Kelowna area and Shuswap are seeking refuge in hotels and campgrounds in Revelstoke.
However, the message from the province is that conditions are the worst they have ever seen, and that things are changing in a moments notice. Evacuees staying in Revelstoke from West Kelowna say they were joking about their things burning an hour before their house burned down.
Stephen DeRousie, Revelstoke’s fire chief, says that the Hiren Creek fire has been burning in sight of town for a month, but at 15 kms away it’s too far to be a threat. It’s 1200 hectares now, but has only moved a few kilometres from the initial ignition site.
He says that Revelstoke’s evacuation plan in case of fire depends on where it is. Revelstoke is at the intersection of two highways, so there is more than one way out. DeRousie said Highway One either east or west are the best routes out.
Listen to a full interview with Stephen DeRousie here.
Photo: The Hiren Creek fire as seen from Frisby Ridge. Photo by Nora Hughes.