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Posted on: August 25, 2023

Shuswap Emergency Program Update - August 25, 2023 at 10:00 AM

Scotch Creek firefighters (Instagram Post (Square)

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. The CSRD in collaboration with BCWS and the local community are working on a process for those wanting to help, to be able to.

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 owners as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. Please monitor for the latest updates. 

Highway 1 Reopening
Hwy 1 has reopened but no side roads will be accessible and no stopping will be permitted in this wildfire area. Please monitor for latest updates.

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 and call 250-833-3360. The ESS Reception Centre is open at the 5th Avenue Seniors Activity Centre at 170-5th Avenue SE. 

Those in the Anglemont, St. Ives, and Magna Bay areas - ESS support, including food and lodging are available to residents who chose to leave, we are here to support you, please call the EOC for more information: 250-833-3350 or the ESS to learn more: 250-833-3360.

ESS Support Renewals
If you are accessing ESS support, ensure you know your renewal date, contact ESS for more information: 250-833-3360.

Prescription Deliveries
Those that are out of the Evacuation Order areas and need support with medical prescriptions, please call 250-833-3397.

North Shuswap
Due to the recommendations of BC Wildfire Service and the RCMP, road access has been deemed unsafe at this time. The CSRD has hired a barge to ship essential supplies to the North Shuswap. The Seymour Arm forestry road is still open both ways and has been graded. If you have any questions, please call the EOC at 250-833-3350. 

Wildfire Information Briefing 
Click here to view the Information Briefing update from August 24, 2023, at 2 PM.

The CSRD will host a live Wildfire Information Briefing on Thursday, August 25, 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.

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.

Call the CSRD at 250-833-3396 to coordinate arrangements. 

Livestock Assistance

Call the CSRD Agricultural Line: 250-833-3399.

Emergency Support Services (ESS)
Call: 250-833-3360.

Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)
Call: 250-833-3350 or email [email protected].

Photo: CSRD Firefighters at Scotch Creek.

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