An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District at the Shuswap Emergency Program’s Emergency Operations Centre. A wildfire burning near Three Valley Lake in Electoral Area E is growing and may pose a danger to life, health or property. As a precautionary measure, an Evacuation Alert is in effect for the following area:
Three Valley Lake including the area bordering the NORTH side of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Travel along the Trans-Canada Highway is open.
Please see the attached map of the Evacuation Alert Area as part of this Alert:
An Evacuation Alert is an advance warning about a potential threat to life and/or property. It is intended to give you time to be ready for a possible evacuation. Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation, however, you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.
WHAT YOU SHOULD YOU DO WHEN AN ALERT IS IN EFFECT
Upon notification of an ALERT:
- Gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers, immediate care needs for dependents. Ensure you and your family members have enough clothing and incidentals for a 72-hour period and have these items readily available for quick departure. See www.preparedbc.ca for details.
- Contact family members to advise them of the situation and determine a meeting location outside of the evacuation area where you can safely reconnect should the area be evacuated.
- People in the area should plan where they will go in case an evacuation order is issued. Accommodation in the Shuswap area is limited at this time of year, so people should arrange to stay with family or friends, if possible.
- Arrange transportation for all household members. Prepare to move any disabled persons and/or children. Fill the gas tanks of personal vehicles. Make arrangements for the needs of any pets.
- Emergency Support Services cannot provide support to visitors to the area or those with secondary dwellings. People visiting the area should consider relocating out of the Evacuation Alert Area at this time.
- Regularly monitor the CSRD website, www.csrd.bc.ca, the Shuswap Emergency Program’s (SEP) webpage at www.shuswapemergency.ca, the Shuswap Emergency on Facebook and Twitter, the CSRD's Facebook, Twitter platforms or local news sources for up-to-date and accurate information.
For updates on wildfire information, see the BC Wildfire Service at www.bcwildfire.ca
For more information, contact:
CSRD Emergency Operations Centre