The updated evacuation order and alert map for Aug 16.

Highway 16 open, evacuation order changed

Highway 16 is reopen Saturday, and many are back home after the evacuation area was reduced.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako said Highway 16 was open again as of Saturday morning. It may be closed again on short notice due to forest fire activity.


The new evacuation order is:

South from 9840 Heading Creek FSR, North to Gilmore Lake FSR and Sunset FSR intersection, west to the Snow Mobile Cabin on Equity Mine Road, east to and including Crow Creek Road beyond the train tracks, east to 22387 and 22507, north including the entirety of the Rose Lake Cutoff Rd. Including Day Lake Road, southern portions of the Forest Dale Canyon Road, northern portion of the Maxan Creek FSR to the south west portion of the Decker-Maxan Rd. Including Bulkley Lake, Day Lake, Elwin Lake and Maxan Lake.

Any person within the Evacuation Order area must leave immediately. Evacuees must register at the closest Reception Centre between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Reception centres are located at the College of New Caledonia Burns Lake Campus or the Houston Municipal Office. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.

The new Evacuation Alert of August 16, 2014 has been issued:

From the municipal boundary of the District of Houston from 4728 Bellicini Rd and 4411 McKilligan Rd. east along the Highway 16 corridor to the western Boundary of the Village of Burns Lake at 1740 Nash Rd. including Murphy Road and Miller Road. Including the communities of Topley, Rose Lake, Palling and Decker Lake. All roads connected to Highway 16. and including portions of Thomson Rd, Decker-Maxan Rd. and Fisher Rd. See the attached map for details.

An Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or property and/or livestock should it be found necessary. Residents within the Evacuation Alert area need to be prepared to leave the area should conditions warrant an escalation to an Evacuation Order again.

The Knockholt Landfill remains closed and will be re-evaluated daily.

For information on these evacuation orders and alerts contact the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako at or call 250-692-3195 or 1-800-320-3339. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

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