Shuswap Emergency Program Update – 1 PM – Environment Canada and the BC Wildfire Service indicate that the severe wind event forecasted for the North Shuswap area is predicted to begin this afternoon and continue overnight. Wind, combined with the hot, dry weather, is increasing the likelihood that Lower East Adams Lake Wildfire will grow in the direction of Lee Creek, Scotch Creek and the affected addresses in Meadow Creek Road area of Celista.
In the event an Evacuation Order is issued, you need to leave immediately. Evacuation Orders are not issued unless there is a very real threat to the safety of you and your family. We can not stress this enough.
Remember, this Lower East Adams Lake wildfire acted up on August 2 and, through the efforts of firefighters, not a single structure was lost. Let the firefighters do their jobs without having to worry about the safety of people who decided to stay behind.
• Overnight, the fire did not grow significantly towards Lee Creek and the fire remains approximately four kilometres north of the nearest structure in Lee Creek.
• The fire also remains north of the machine guard that is currently being built.
• Structure protection is being set up in the area to assist with the protection of those communities. This includes special sprinkler protection for the wooden bridge on the Squilax-Anglemont Road.
• While on Alert, take time now to FireSmart your properties as best you can. Even small actions can reduce risk and make your home more defensible. See FireSmart in the CSRD.
• If you have Livestock in the area, please call 250-833-3395 to advise us of your situation.
Photo: Structure Protection sprinklers have been installed on the wooden bridge on the Squilax- Anglemont Road. (BC Wildfire Photo)