Along with the rest of British Columbia, the West Kootenay and Boundary region is currently under the state of emergency declared by the provincial government earlier in August. The Selkirk College region has not been impacted to the extent of other areas in British Columbia and no evacuation alerts are currently in place for our campus communities. All returning students and staff should be aware that the situation can change suddenly.
With classes set to resume at the start of September, Selkirk College will continue to monitor the forest fire situation as it impacts our region. If our communities are impacted directly, information will be provided via our website and social media.
Smoky skies above Nelson and other Selkirk College communities have been a constant since mid-August.
As we prepare to begin the 2018-2019 Academic Year, it is important that both staff and students are aware of relevant resources available to them. Our regional districts—the Regional District of Central Kootenay and Regional District of Kootenay Boundary—provide online resources explaining evacuation alerts/orders, how to prepare for evacuation and other valuable information. They can be found at the links below.
If you live in the RDCK region, it is recommended you sign up free Emergency Alert system to receive an instant message to your cell phone if a disaster such as a forest fire strikes in our area.
Tenants of Selkirk College residences or other rentals should obtain tenants insurance through a third party, this coverage is not provided by the college.
The BC Wildfire Service and the RDCK can be found on Facebook and are helpful sources of ongoing information:
For travel information, in and out of the region please head to the Drive BC website to find out information on closures and delays.