• Wildfire Update May 20, 2024, 11:30 a.m.

    The wildfire situation is stable and BC Wildfire Services has continued to make great progress on the fire. BC Wildfire Services will continue to maintain a presence around the fire area, but risk has diminished due to weather and the hard work of responders.

    The Evacuation Order for Doig River First Nations is rescinded as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2024.

    An EVACUATION ALERT remains in place, so we recommend all members remain diligent in their fire safety practices.

    Within the community, we are still actively removing fire safety equipment, so please be patient with this team throughout the coming days. We appreciate everyone’s support and patience as the responders and Emergency Operations continue to work in hopes of making this return home as seamless as possible.

    We will be working with the Health and Social department to provide additional gas cards to members during the return home. If anyone requires these additional supports, please reach out to Teree Walton of the Health and Social Development Team.

    We will provide updates on a regular basis or as needed to ensure everyone remains informed.

  • Wildfire Update May 19, 2024, 2:45 p.m.

    The wildfire situation is stable and BC Wildfire Services has made great progress on the fire. BC Wildfire Services will continue to maintain a presence around the fire area, but risk has significantly diminished due to weather and hard work of responders.

    The Evacuation Order remains in place, but we are working hard to bring everyone home. We expecting the Evacuation Order to be lifted on Monday May 20, 2024, unless the situation drastically changes.

    Within the community, we are removing fire safety equipment and getting ready for an influx of members. We appreciate everyone’s support and patience as the team continues to work diligently to get DRFN residents home.

    We will be working with the Health and Social department to provide additional gas cards and supports to members during the return home.

    Emergency Support Services is still available at North Peace Arena on the arena side between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. today. The Emergency Services Centre will be closed on Monday.

    We will provide another update tomorrow.

  • Wildfire Update May 18, 2024, 12:15 p.m.

    The wildfire situation is stable but is still having regular flare ups and strong winds. BC Wildfire Services continue to address hot spots on the southwest side of the wildfire area.

    The Evacuation Order remains in place as it is still unsafe to return to the community. We appreciate everyone’s support and patience as the team continues to work diligently to get DRFN residents home as soon as possible.

    Emergency Support Services is available at North Peace Arena on the arena side between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. until Sunday. The Emergency Services Centre will be closed on Monday.

    Please note: Anyone who does choose to go back to their homes within the evacuation zone before evacuation order is rescinded will not have access to ESS and onsite supports. These supports include (but are not limited to) ESS Financial support, maintenance on site and / or on site social services support.

    We will provide another update tomorrow.

  • Wildfire Update May 17, 2024, 4:30 p.m.

    The wildfire situation is stable but is unchanged from our previous update. BC Wildfire Services continue to address hot spots on the southwest side of the wildfire area.

    The Evacuation Order remains in place as it is still unsafe to return to the community at this time.

    Emergency Support Services is available at North Peace Arena on the arena side between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. until Sunday. The Emergency Services Centre will be closed on Monday.

    We will provide another update tomorrow.

  • Wildfire Update May 16, 2024, 2:30pm

    Emergency Operations and Emergency Support Services (ESS) have been working hard to support the community through this hard time.

    The Emergency Operations Centre and Chief and Council had a very productive meeting today, with a good list of updates.

    The Evacuation Order will remain in place with a daily review of the orders. This decision was made based on a few aspects. The first aspect is that BC Wildfire Services is not confident of the safety levels yet. The fire is actively burning less than 5 km northeast of the community and there are hot spots on the southwest side, close to the band office. Further to the general fire safety concerns, smoke and accessibility issues are exacerbating the risk to life and responders.
    Currently, there is a significant amount of hoses and systems hooked into Doig River infrastructure. The issue is if they get ran over, tampered with or damaged, it would slow down any response in an emergency situation.Please also note that ESS supports at North Peace Arena remain available to all members from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. tomorrow until Saturday although they will be on arena side, instead of the pool area. If you need assistance Saturday or Sunday, you will have to see the Fort St. John ESS Team.
    The ESS centre will be shut down for Monday May 20, 2024.
  • Wildfire Update May 16, 2024, 10:00 a.m.

    The fire is currently at held status within the existing fire area, with new flare ups occuring. Effectively, there is not any movement outside of the existing fire area. Having said that, we are coming out of a wet weather pattern into an ongoing heat pattern in the coming week. Remember that the fire area is still under 1km from the reserve.

    At 1:00 p.m. today, the Emergency Operations Centre Director and Chief and Council will be discussing potential plans for returning to the community and when it will be safe to do so.

    We thank everyone for your patience and support.

  • Wildfire Update May 15, 2024, 11:00 a.m.

    The evacuation order for Doig River First Nation is still in effect. Please do not return to the community as it is unsafe. The fire is actively burning less that 1.5km from the community and wind, new fuel sources, etc. could lead to immediate and large-scale growth.

    Over the last 24 hours, we have continued to see smaller levels of activity in the fire. While we have made some progress on the south side of the fire, we are expecting the wind to change direction over the next few days which could push fire activity back towards the community. Wind changes can be extremely uncertain but be completely aware that the fire can move from the middle of the bush into the community very quickly and without notice. As we have seen across the north, a fire is able to move 25km in a matter of an hour without notice. The fire started as a small fire and grew to 300 Hectares over a single day.

    We continue to have Emergency Support Services (ESS) available at the North Peace Arena and will continue to provide supports where possible. ESS Renewals will start tomorrow. If you require continuing support, please reach out to the ESS that you were originally registered at. Your original registration would have been at the North Peace Arena or the Sunset Prairie Camp. Teree, Amanda and the rest of the team are ready to help!

  • Wildfire Update May 14, 2024, 9:30 a.m.

    The evening went well. We are seeing an increase in humidity and lower temperatures for the day today which is promising, but we are remaining vigilant.

    Emergency Services have been able to register the majority of our on-reserve membership. As well, we have been able to identify members that did not attend the Emergency Support Services (ESS) in Fort St. John. Emergency Services check-in is still available at the North Peace Arena.

    Sprinklers have been activated within the community for additional structural protection measures. Currently, the community is safe and animals are taken care of.

    The next update from the Emergency Operations Team will be around 12:00 p.m. on May 14, 2024.

  • Wildfire Update: May 13, 2024, 7:00 p.m.

     

    The fire continues to grow. The majority of the growth has been on the Northern/Eastern flanks due to wind direction (away from Doig River FN).

    Wildfire Services continue to utilize the river as a break while creating new ones to slow the spread.

    Thank you to all the members who assisted and those who evacuated as requested. The fire fighters and crews will continue their tireless work into the evening and will provide a further update when/if the situation changes.

     

  • Wildfire Update: May 13, 2024, 12:30 p.m.

    Doig River First Nation has declared a state of local emergency due to a wildfire spreading very close to the community and members on-reserve have been ordered to evacuate the community.

    Residents have been asked to relocate to the Emergency Services Centre in Fort St. John at the North Peace Arena, located at 9805 96 Ave.

    The Evacuation Order is in effect for the following area:

    All Doig River First Nations Members that live on Reserve.

    Evacuation instructions

    • If you need transportation assistance from the area, advise the person providing this notice or call (778) 715-9725.
    • Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers.
    • Close all windows and doors.
    • Close gates (latch) but do not lock.
    • Gather your family, and if you have room, take a neighbour or someone needing transportation. Do not use more vehicles than you have to.
    • Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and keys) only if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.
    • Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency services.

    Evacuation instructions are also available as a PDF.

    More information can be found in the evacuation notice issued by Chief and Council at 12:30 p.m.

    Further information will be issued at 5:30 p.m. on May 13, 2024.