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School district dusts off 2003 fire response plan

May 30, 2016 2:54 P.M.

Ahead of what is forecast to be a busy wildfire season, School District 73 has dusted off and updated its 2003 forest fire response plan.

Kamloops-Thompson School District operations have been disrupted in the past by wildfire, most significantly during Firestorm 2003. The Fort McMurray catastrophe is a vivid reminder of potential risks and recent fires in this region have elevated concern, district superintendent Karl deBruijn says in a revised report that goes to school board Monday night, May 30.

The plan outlines policies and procedures to follow in the event of a wildfire affecting a community, either directly or indirectly through smoke or evacuation orders. 

Thirteen years ago, along with the evacuation of Barriere — which for a short period was thought to have been razed — wild fires contaminated drinking water supplies at some schools. If that were to occur again, IHA would be asked to test the supply and alternative sources would be provided.

Once re-approved by school board, the revised plan will be forwarded to the Emergency Operations Centre for review and advice, then to other provincial ministries, TNRD and the City of Kamloops for information.

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