Callers were lighting up the phone lines this week at Chilliwack Tourism and Chilliwack Fire Department about the prospect of opening up Heritage Park to people and their livestock coming down from fire-ravaged areas.
Unfortunately, that is not going to happen at this point.
“Our Fire Department is closely monitoring the wildfire situation and has been in contact with Emergency Management BC (EMBC), which is coordinating requests for support from local governments,” said Jamie Leggatt, communications manager for City of Chilliwack. “At this time, evacuees are being sent north from the wildfires as EMBC has determined that to be the safest route of travel out of the affected areas.
“As such, the City has not yet been asked to provide any assistance. However, we are prepared to support in any available capacity.”
City-owned facilities like Heritage Park have to adhere to Emergency Services protocol, and therefore would have to receive a formal request for assistance by EMBC.