Red Cliff fire forces boil order |

Red Cliff fire forces boil order

Daily Staff report

Red Cliff residents are being advised to boil tap water before drinking –until further notice – because of Friday’s fire, Town Administrator Guy Patterson says.

During the early stages of the fire that burned two Eagle Street apartment buildings, firefighters decided to bypass Red Cliff’s water treatment plant and pump raw creek water straight from Turkey Creek into fire hydrants.

That gave firefighters “maximum and indefinite” water pressure to fight a fire they feared could have spread to and engulfed four adjacent buildings, Patterson says.

On Friday afternoon, volunteers handed out flyers door-to-door announcing the temporary boil order. Emergency dispatchers also attempted to make reverse 911 calls to inform Red Cliff citizens of the boil order, but that effort may have been blunted by a phone outage, Patterson says.

Red Cliff water employees have begun dismantling the bypass to route water back to the treatment plant, but a “conservative” estimate is the boil order won’t be lifted until Wednesday, Patterson says.

The order may also be prolonged, he says.

Red Cliff residents are advised to look for information about the boil order at the Red Cliff Post Office, Johnny’s Liquors, Reno’s, Mango’s and town administrative offices.-

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