TNDC Is Working With Wildfire Service Agencies and Local Bands to Provide Support to Firefighting Efforts of Forest Fires in Tahltan Territory
TNDC is working with the BC Wildfire Service and in conjunction with the Tahltan Band to provide equipment, personnel and services to support firefighting efforts within the Territory.
In response to direction by BC Wildfire Service, TNDC has several pieces of equipment (dozers, water truck and mobile mechanic truck) and personnel (equipment operators, drivers and a mechanic) on site, in transit by lowbed truck, or on standby to the wildfire between Sawmill Lake and Glenora (burning approximately five kilometres west of Telegraph Creek).
TNDC management has been in direct communication with BC Wildfire Service and BC Forestry Service Representatives for Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek since August 1, 2018 to determine what services, equipment and personnel TNDC can provide immediately or as needed to assist in firefighting efforts.
BC Wildfire Service oversees firefighting activity including assessing and managing response and coordinating crews, equipment, communications and other services. It also controls and restricts traffic on local and access roads leading to the fire zones.
Tahltan Band Chief Rick McLean is working with BC Wildfire Service and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS) to coordinate emergency response services for any members affected. An emergency muster station has been set up at the Telegraph Recreation Centre and the RDKS Emergency Management Program has set up a reception centre at the Dease Lake Community Hall (2102 1st Avenue, Dease Lake).
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