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Posted on: August 24, 2023

Shuswap Emergency Program Update - August 23, 2023 at 6:30 PM

General Update (1)

Evacuation ORDER
 
An Evacuation Order means there is an immediate threat to life safety and you must leave the area. Remaining within an area on Evacuation Order poses a risk to you and first responders. The RCMP and security teams are conducting patrols to enforce safety and security measures.

Anyone who chooses to remain within Evacuation Order zones is asked to remain within your private property. BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) is appealing for your trust in their operations and encourages open communication and collaboration on firefighting efforts.

Evacuation Status Dashboard
 Please visit
the Shuswap Emergency Program website to view the interactive map to find out if your property is on Evacuation Alert or Order.

BC Wildfire 
 
For the latest updates on the Bush Creek East wildfire (K21633), visit the BC Wildfire Dashboard.

Structure Losses
 
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) is aware that members of the community have been anxiously awaiting news of the extent of the damage to homes and property. BCWS and the Canada Task Force 1 have completed more 500 rapid damage assessments. Once the assessments are confirmed, information will be provided to residents and property as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Please monitor www.csrd.bc.ca for the latest updates. The CSRD is in the process of hiring a recovery manager to work directly with residents.

Emergency Support Services
 
If your property is on Evacuation Order, the CSRD will assist you in safely leaving the area. Please register with Emergency Support Services (ESS) at ess.gov.bc.ca or call 250-833-3360. The ESS Reception Centre is open at the 5th Avenue Seniors Activity Centre at 170-5th Avenue SE. ESS supports, including food and lodging are available to residents who chose to leave the Anglemont, St. Ives, and Magna Bay areas (as requested by BCWS, RCMP and CSRD).  

Wildfire Information Briefing 
 
You can view  the latest video update (recorded at 2 PM on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, on the CSRD YouTube channel. The update features representatives with BCWS and CSRD. 

Click here to view the video, which provides detailed information about the Bush Creek East wildfire (K21633).

The CSRD will host a live Wildfire Information Briefing on Wednesday, August 24, 2023, at 2 PM. The video will be available on the CSRD YouTube channel

Access Permit
Due to ongoing safety concerns and active fire conditions, BC Wildfire Service has advised the CSRD to suspend the issuance of temporary access permits for the North Shuswap at this time. BC Wildfire has designated the area as unsafe for travel. More information to come shortly. 

Temporary access permits may be issued for the Sorrento area, if the area remains safe for public access. For more information, call 250-833-3397 or email [email protected] for more information.

Donations
 
If you would like to make a donation to people impacted by the Bush Creek East wildfire, please call the CSRD at 250-833-3396 to coordinate arrangements. 

 Livestock Assistance

 In the event you are evacuated from your property and require assistance with livestock such as water fills, or if you can provide shelter for livestock, please contact the CSRD Agricultural Line at the Emergency Operations Centre: 250-833-3399.

 This is the last public update of the evening, unless the situation changes dramatically. 



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