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Posted on: August 21, 2023

Bush Creek East Update August 21, 2023 at 10:00 AM


The Lower East Adams Lake (previously K21620) and the Bush Creek East (K21633) wildfires merged and will be referred to as the Bush Creek East (K21633) fire going forward. 

Weather Conditions and Fire Behavior 
Our current battle with these wildfires is greatly influenced by Tropical Storm Hilary, which has brought sustained easterly winds expected to reach 20 kilometers per hour tomorrow, with gusts up to 40 kilometers per hour. While these winds may help mitigate fire behavior to some extent, there remains a potential for extreme fire behavior. Late tomorrow evening, we anticipate receiving 2-3 mm of precipitation, offering temporary relief and enabling our firefighting crews to work directly on suppressing the fire near its perimeter. Based on the current forecast, we anticipate a decrease in fire behavior after tomorrow. 

 Emergency Support Services
For those under an Evacuation Order who have pre-registered online for Emergency Support Services (ESS), please note that it is still mandatory to check in at the ESS to receive services. Should you need more information, please reach out to ESS at 250-833-3360. 

Public Assistance and Firefighting Equipment 
We must emphasize the urgency of the situation in the North Shuswap area. The BC Wildfire Service and multiple structural fire departments are actively engaged in critical firefighting operations. We urgently request the public's cooperation in refraining from moving or taking any firefighting equipment. 

Community Unity 
In these challenging times, it is crucial to recognize that the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, the RCMP, the BC Wildfire Service, and the community members of North Shuswap are all united in this effort. 

Shuswap Emergency Program 
The Shuswap Emergency Program is tirelessly working to provide accurate and real-time information. As of now, all Evacuation Alerts and Orders remain in effect. 

Donations and Livestock Assistance 
For those wishing to contribute and donate, please contact 250-833-3396 to coordinate arrangements. If you are evacuated and require assistance with livestock, please utilize the Agricultural Line at the Emergency Operations Centre: 250-833-3399. 

Road Conditions and Events Information 
For the most up-to-date information on road conditions and events, please visit 

Temporary Access Permits and Safety 
Due to ongoing safety concerns and active fire conditions, BCWS (BC Wildfire Service) is not currently issuing any public temporary access permits. We are actively addressing safety issues and will provide updates on re-entry permits when it is deemed safe to do so. Concerns such as falling danger trees, utility poles, and active fires remain paramount, with RCMP and security actively patrolling the area. 

Shuswap Emergency Program Emergency Information Map 
For the latest information on evacuation orders and alerts for your property, please refer to the Shuswap Emergency Program Emergency Information Map, accessible through the CSRD website or social media platforms. By entering your exact address, you can obtain emergency information specific to your location, including Evacuation Order or Alert statuses. 

In these trying times, let us stand united as a community, support one another, and prioritize safety above all else. We will continue to provide updates as the situation unfolds. Thank you for your attention, cooperation, and unwavering resilience. Together, we will overcome this challenge. 

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