At this point there are no plans to open up Chilliwack Heritage Park to wildfire evacuees or livestock. (Chilliwack Progress file)

Heritage Park can’t be opened to evacuees or livestock in Chilliwack

Chilliwack would have to be formally asked to provide assistance from emergency reps and haven’t been

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.

West Coast Classic, a large horse reining event, is booked this weekend at Heritage Park. Many of the participants are from wildfire-affected areas and will be bringing extra horses with them to house in Heritage Park to help protect them from the fires.

For more details contact Chris Wilson, assistant fire chief and emergency program coordinator at 604.792.8713 or wilson@chilliwack.com.

Just Posted

Emil Anderson earns multiple provincial contractor awards

Family-run companies with a long history in the FV were recognized for excellence in grading and community service

Chilliwack Chiefs lead Team Canada West into WJAC final

Harrison Blaisdell picked up an assist in a 5-1 semi-final win over the Czech Republic Thursday.

Column: Mainland mayhem possible in BCHL stretch run

Jacob Bestebroer breaks down the schedules of the Mainland division’s four playoff contenders.

#MeToo at work: How reporting sexual harassment works – and how it doesn’t

British Columbians have four options to report harassment or assault, but none of them are easy

Military life gives way to chance as author

Retired Chilliwack officer pens book about life in Afghanistan

VIDEO: Pedestrian struck by vehicle downtown Chilliwack caught on security camera

Incident points to danger on the roads not only in low light but also in bright sunshine

Accused B.C. drug smuggler to be extradited

Supreme Court of Canada upholds extradition order for accused Shuswap drug smuggler, Colin Martin

One convicted, two cleared in 2014 deaths of men in B.C.’s Cariboo

Andrew Jongbloets convicted of manslaughter in deaths of Matthew Hennigar, 23 and Kalvin Andy, 22

AHUS patient Shantee Anaquod is home for Christmas

Less than a month after receiving first dose of $750K drug, 23 year old healthy enough to go home

Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze

This is second death linked to the Thomas fire, northwest of Los Angeles

Moose calves rescued in northern B.C. are ‘golden nuggets:’ researcher

Calves discovered near Prince George in late May. Mother had been killed by a car

Missing Alberta man could be headed to Victoria

Police in Alberta say Vernon “Allan” Pickard has not been heard from since late November

Supreme Court rules in case involving Langley firm

The case involved two people working for separate contractors on a Delta road project.

The Force will be with bidders at massive Stars Wars auction

Able Auctions at 19757 92A Ave. hosts event that’s open to public Saturday

Most Read