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County areas in 'ready' stage of 'Ready, Set, Go' fire evacuation protocol

September 1, 2022

U.S. Forest Service firefighters are currently battling two new wildland fires in Boundary County that were started by lightning strikes Wednesday night, August 31. A fire on Katka Peak has grown to more than 30 acres and is within a mile and a half from the closest residential structures on Katka Road. A second fire has also been discovered in the Ball Creek drainage near Scotch Creek, which is burning approximately three miles from residential areas.

No homes are immediately threatened by either of the new fires, but Boundary County Emergency Management is working with the sheriff’s office to provide pre-evacuation notifications to around a dozen homes on Katka Road from the overlook area up to the top and on Two-Tail Road in case conditions change on the Katka Fire.

About a dozen homes on Westside Road from Ball Creek south to Burton Creek are also being notified to be in “ready” status in case conditions change on the Scotch Fire.
Notices are being made via telephone and door-to-door.

“Ready” stage of the “Ready, Set, Go” evacuation planning stages advises residents to plan where they will go for a few days if evacuated, to be packed and ready, to think about what evacuation route they will take, make sure their vehicles are fueled and to have a plan for pets and livestock.

U.S. Forest Service is attacking the fires using aircraft to keep them from spreading in the direction of homes. If residents are advised in the future to advance to “set” or advised to evacuate in “go” stage they will be notified via Nixle alerts or by firefighters and law enforcement going door-to-door.

9b.news will also relay notices as received.

To sign up for Nixle text alerts from the Boundary County Sheriff’s Office text “83805” to the phone number 888777.

As a reminder, civilian drones are not allowed around active fires. Flying drones near an emergency scene is against the law and will interfere with firefighting aircraft, working against the firefighters on scene.

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