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Posted on: August 26, 2023

Shuswap Emergency Program Update - August 26, 2023 at 10:00 AM

A Scotch Creek firefighter

Structure Losses
Significant property damage has occurred in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD). Canada Task Force 1 conducted assessment of structural damages, wherever possible, to provide an initial understanding of the condition of homes and properties in the North Shuswap affected by the Bush Creek East Fire (K21633).  To help you understand the status of your properties, we've provided an online search tool, learn more:

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.

Evacuation ORDER
BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) has been collaborating with the locals in getting those wanting to help fight fires to be able to do so. Training programs for locals have been underway.

BC Hydro Update
Those who were affected by significant power outages: All perishable foods should be assessed and disposed of immediately upon your return. If your fridge and/or freezer has foul odours it may need to be replaced. Discard anything that has completely thawedMake sure to make a list of the items you’ve had to discard as part of your insurance claim. 

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 and has been shipping supplies multiple times a day. The Seymour Arm forestry road is also 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 Friday August 25, 2023, at 2 PM.

The CSRD will host a live Wildfire Information Briefing on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at 2 PM. The video will be available on the CSRD YouTube channel

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: Structure Protection Crew Members at Scotch Creek on August 24, 2023. (CSRD photo)

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