Sunday, August 15, 2021
Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Order and an Evacuation Alert have been issued by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) at the Shuswap Emergency Program's Emergency Operations Centre due to an immediate danger to life safety caused by a wildfire burning near White Rock Lake.
The Evacuation Order is in effect for the following areas:
- All addresses at Pinaus Lake.
- Areas of Sweetsbridge and Cedar Hill neighbourhoods East to CSRD Boundary as shown in on Map.
The Evacuation Alert is in effect for the following areas:
- Existing Areas: Areas of Falkland, Six Mile Road, and Joyce Lake.
- Expanded Areas: Glenemma, Yankee Flats Road Area north to 1924 Yankee Flats Road, and Salmon River Road Area north to 1912 Salmon River Road, as shown on Map.
See attached map for details:
View Evacuation Order and Alert (PDF)
If you are in the evacuation order area, you must leave the area immediately.
If you are in an evacuation alert area, an evacuation alert is a warning about a potential threat. You do not have to leave your home at this time.
What you should do if you are on evacuation order:
- There are limited commercial lodgings available at this time. Make arrangements to stay overnight with family or friends outside of the Evacuation Order area. Then, register in-person at the Emergency Reception Centre at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort, located at 251 Harbourfront Drive, Salmon Arm before midnight tonight, August 15, 2021. It will be back open at 8 am on Monday, August 16, 2021.
- Residents can assist the registration process by self-registering with Emergency Support Services online. You can also search this on Google using the term BC Evacuation Registration and Assistance. When registering, please indicate your community as Salmon Valley.
- The best evacuation route to the Emergency Reception Centre is north on Salmon River Road to Salmon Arm.
- If you need assistance with transportation from the area, call 250-833-3350.
- Gather your family. Take pets in pet kennels or on a leash.
- Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, keys and grab-and-go bag) only if they are immediately available.
- An Evacuation Alert is a 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:
- All residents self-register with Emergency Support Services online. You can also search this on Google using the term BC Evacuation Registration and Assistance. When registering, please indicate your community as Salmon Valley. This step provides important information in case of an evacuation.
- Locate your grab-and-go bags for you and your family. Gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers, immediate care needs for dependents. Replenish any items that have expired or need replacement, ensure you and your family members have enough clothing and incidentals for a one week period and have these items readily available for quick departure. See the Public Emergency Preparation and Recovery website for details.
- Contact family members, 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.
- Accommodation in the area is limited at this time of year. Arrange to stay with family or friends, if possible.
- Take care of your pets by moving them to a safe location (including horses and hobby farm animals).
- Arrange transportation for all household members. Prepare to move any disabled persons and/or children. Fill the gas tanks of personal vehicles.
For All Residents
Regularly monitor the CSRD website, the Shuswap Emergency Program's (SEP) webpage, the Shuswap Emergency on Facebook and Twitter, the CSRD's Facebook, Twitter platforms or local news sources for up-to-date and accurate information. Or sign up for Alertable, our new emergency mass notification system.
For update on wildfire information, see the BC Wildfire Service.
For more information, contact:
CSRD Emergency Operations Centre