Update: Grouse Creek Fire K72289

Sep 04, 2018
Update: September 3

Following the advice of the BC Wildfire Service, the SLRD has rescinded the evacuation alert for Ponderosa, McGillivray and D'Arcy. No properties are under evacuation alert as a result of the Grouse Creek Fire. 


Update: August 31

Favourable weather conditions continue to help crews and have resulted in ecreased fire behaviour.

Crews and heavy equipment continue to work on containment and contingency lines along the east and north flanks of the fire perimeter.Helicopters will be bucketing on hotspots that pop up throughout the day.

The test burn the crews previously conducted was successful and crews will continue to conduct small scale planned ignitions to remove unburnt understory fuels and strengthen containment lines. Because there has been an increase in relative humidity and precipitation the planned ignitions will be low intensity burns that remove surface fuels. As a result there may be increased smoke within the fire perimeter this afternoon.

Yesterday, a crew established a helipad on the south flank. Today, crews will be working on dry mop up along the south flank of the fire. Crews will also continue fuel modification and fuel free along the established heavy equipment control lines.

  • Highline road is now open to traffic but anticipate long delays. If it is not necessary to travel along this route find it is recommended to find an alternate. Flaggers will be out on the roadway to direct traffic. REMINDER: to everyone travelling along Highline Road please drive cautiously and be mindful of all personnel and resources that are working off of Highline Road.
  • Evacuation alerts remain in place for the communities of Ponderosa, McGillivray and D'Arcy.

For more information, visit the BC Wildfire Service website.


Update: August 30

Crews and heavy equipment continue to work on containment and contingency lines. There has been no fire growth.

Crews are continuing to conduct small scale planned ignitions to remove unburnt fuels and strengthen containment lines. Because there has been an increase in relative humidity and precipitation, the planned burns will be low intensity burns that remove surface fuels. As a result, there may continue to be increased smoke within the fire perimeter this afternoon.

  • The Evacuation Alert, including the communities of Ponderosa, McGillivray and D'Arcy is being maintained.
  • The Highline Road is closed to all traffic EXCEPT those with an address on the Highline Road. If you are a resident or property owner be prepared to show proof of address to the flaggers at the road closure point. The road closure is expected to remain in place well into next week as BC Wildfire Service continues to work on the fire in this area..

For more information, visit the BC Wildfire Service website.


Cooler temperatures and rain help decrease fire behaviour

Update: August 29

Yesterday's test burn was successful and crews were able to conduct small scale planned burns yesterday and today.

There was no fire growth overnight.

While weather continues to help firefighting efforts, with cooler temperatures and precipitation resulting in decreased fire behaviour, conditions were more humid and moist today. As a result, the planned ignitions burned at less intensity today. Smoke was visible in the afternoon. 

The Evacuation Alert, including the communities of Ponderosa, McGillivray and D'Arcy is being maintained.
Highline Road is open to local traffic only. Flaggers continue to direct traffic.

For more information, visit the BC Wildfire Service website.


The Evacuation Alert, including the communities of Ponderosa, McGillivray and D'Arcy is being maintained.
Highline Road is open to local traffic only. Flaggers continue to direct traffic.

For more information, visit the BC Wildfire Service website.


Weather conditions favourable; onsite work today could result in increased smoke this afternoon

Update: August 28

Cooler conditions and precipitation continue to have a positive impact on the fire behaviour. The fire did not grow overnight and remains at 848 hectares. Crews and heavy equipment continue to work on containment and contingency lines. 

Helicopters will be bucketing on hotspots that pop up throughout the day and this afternoon, crews will be conducting a test burn. If the test burn is successful and conditions are favourable, crews will then conduct small scale planned ignitions to remove fuels and strengthen containment lines. As a result of this work, there may be incresed smoke within the fire perimeter this afternoon.

  • The Evacuation Alert, including the communities of Ponderosa, McGillivray and D'Arcy is being maintained.
  • Highline Road is open to local traffic only. Flaggers continue to direct traffic.

For more information, visit the BC Wildfire Service website.


Update: August 26

There was no growth on the fire overnight and the significantly cooler conditions have aided firefighting efforts. Therefore: 


Update: August 25, 1 p.m.

The fire is still estimated at 848 hectares. There was no fire growth overnight. The weather is assisting fire crews with the area having received approximately 1 millimetre of rain. Crews continue to work on containment lines and structural protection.

  • The Evacuation Order and Alert remain in effect.
  • The Highline Road remains closed from km 0-6 with no through access from the Seton end. The road closure is likely to remain in place for several days.

Update: August 24, 11:00 a.m.

The fire is now estimated at 848 hectares. The fire was quieter yesterday with rank 2 and 3 fire behaviour and the south flank of the fire is holding. Additional resources continue to be added to fight the fire, including structural protection assessment for Ponderosa and McGillivray. There is still poor visibility in the area. 

There is a community meeting tonight at 6pm at the N'Quatqua community hall with BCWS, SLRD and N'Quatqua representatives. All affected and concerned residents and property owners are encouraged to attend. Those unable to attend can contact the SLRD Emergency Operations Centre directly on 604.815.7011 or 604.698.6442.

The Evacuation Order and Alert remain in effect.

The Highline Road remains closed from km 0-6 with no through access from the Seton end. The road closure is likely to remain in place for several days.


Update: August 23, 6:00 p.m.

BC Wildfire has advised that the fire has grown to an estimated 840 hectares.


Update: August 23, 1:00pm

The Grouse Creek fire demonstrated considerable growth along the northern flank yesterday and exhibited Rank 5 fire behaviour. The fire grew along the upper northeast side of Anderson Lake toward McGillivray Falls. Air and ground assets deployed on the fire increased throughout the day, and a structural protection specialist (SPS) will be assessing homes in the Ponderosa and McGillivray area in advance of the installation of sprinkler protection units. A fire fighting night watch crew will be patrolling the area. 

This wildfire is currently exhibiting rank four and rank five fire behaviour. Rank four fire behaviour is defined as a highly vigorous surface fire with torching, or passive crown fire and rank five is an extremely vigorous surface fire or active crown fire.

  • The Evacuation ORDER for Ponderosa and McGillivray remains in effect.
  • The Evacuation ALERT for the D'Arcy area remains in effect. 
  • The Highline Road is closed from km 0 - 6. 
  • No access permitted by road or boat into the evacuation order area. 
  • Community Meeting at N'Quatqua community hall with BC Wildfire Service, SLRD, N'Quatqua and other agencies on Friday August 24, 6pm for all affected and concerned residents. 

Update: August 22 6:00 p.m.

The BC Wildfire Service reports that the fire is now showing rank four and five fire behaviour, which is  extremely vigorous. At the recommendation of BC Wildfire Service and in consulation with the RCMP, the following Evacuation Orders, Evacuation Alerts and closures are in effect:

  • The communities of Ponderosa and McGillivray - Evacuation ORDER (Issued)
  • D'Arcy and area - Evacuation ALERT (Maintained)
  • Highline Road - Road Closure - NO access from kilometre 0 - 6 from D'Arcy to north of McGillivray. No through access from Seton Portage into the road closure area. 
  • D'Arcy dock - open, but RCMP will be patrolling to ensure no recreational use obstructing lake access for BC Wildfire air support craft. We recommend avoiding lake use during this time. 
  • Ponderosa and McGillivray docks - closed, no access. Evacuation Order in effect. This is private property and any access to these areas will be considered by the RCMP to be a violation of the evacuation order.

Evacution Order

When an Evacuation Order has been issued, you and all household members must leave immediately for your safety and not return until the Order has been lifted. Recreational property owners and visitors should make their way back to their fulltime residence. Fulltime residents who need assistance to evacuate, emergency accommodation or other support should make contact with the SLRD Emergency Program by phone: 604-815-7011 

The SLRD Emergency Operations Centre remains activated to Level 1, is working closely with BC Wildfire, RCMP and other First Responder agencies, and will issue further updates as required. 

  • Community Information Meeting Friday, August 24 at 6 p.m. at N'Quatqua Community Hall

Update: August 22 11:00 a.m.

There was little growth overnight on the fire but there has been some downslope growth and more fire activity is expected today with very low humidity and warm temperatures ahead of the change to cooler weather tomorrow. More resources are being put on the fire, including air support again today using Anderson Lake for bucketing. There is no updated fire size or mapping currently available due to smoke hampering aerial surveys. The Evacuation Alert remains in effect.


Update: August 20, 12:30 p.m.

The fire exhibited increased fire activity overnight and is now assessed at 435HA. Fire growth was to the east and slightly to the south. Air tankers are currently dropping water on the south flank to aid in fire suppression. Evacuation Alert status remains in effect.


Update: August 20, 10:30 a.m.

The fire grew during the overnight period and BC Wildfire crews are currently assessing it. We will post additional information as soon as it becomes available. The Evacuation Alert remains in effect and the currently smoky skies are due to stay with us for the next several days as we get smoke from the fires burning in the interior in addition to local smoke. 


Update: August 18, 4:00pm

  • fire now 40% contained and estimated at 329HA
  • the Evacuation Alert remains in effect
  • a return to more smoky conditions today in the wider area as a weather outflow has brought heavy smoke from the interior fires, greatly reducing visibility
  • control lines are in place along the perimeter of the fire
  • the fire continues to burn along the height of land and upslope away from homes
  • the fire is being monitored by BCWS and local fire wardens. 
  • fire activity is minimal but may increase again with the warmer temperatures and lower humidity expected in coming days.

Update: August 17, 11:00 a.m.

The Evacuation Alert remains in effect.

Clearer skies yesterday allowed for a more accurate mapping of the fire perimeter currently at 229 hectares in size. No fire growth occurred overnight and the fire exhibited some Rank 2 fire behaviour. A crew is monitoring this fire and working to establish a contingency line on the north flank of the fire perimeter. Most of the growth for this fire has been along the height of land and upslope away from homes and infrastructure. Any downslope growth is being continuously monitored by the BC Wildfire Service. 

Fire behaviour is expected to increase again with the return of lower humidity and warmer temperatures moving into the weekend.


August 16, 10:00 a.m.

The Evacuation Alert remains in effect.

The fire is currently 368 hectares in size. No fire growth occurred overnight and the fire exhibited some Rank 2 fire behaviour yesterday. A crew is monitoring this fire and working to establish a contingency line on the north flank of the fire perimeter. Most of the growth for this fire has been along the height of land and upslope away from homes and infrastructure. Any downslope growth is being continuously monitored by the BC Wildfire Service. Temperatures are forecast to remain the same as the last several days with light or no winds. 


Update: August 15, 10:00 a.m.

The Grouse Creek Fire was quiet overnight with no fire growth. A crew is working to establish a contingency line on the north flank. The Evacuation Alert remains in effect. Full update at BC Wildfire Service: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=752


Upate: August 14, 9:15 a.m.

The Grouse Creek Fire is still estimated to be 368 hectares in size, and all information posted in the August 13 update below remains the same. 

All residents affected or concerned about the Grouse Creek Fire are encouraged to attend a Community Information Meeting on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 6 pm at the N'Quatqua Community Hall.  


Update: August 13, 10:00 a.m.

The Grouse Creek Fire is now estimated to be 368 hectares in size.

A crew is monitoring the fire and working to establish containment lines. Most of the growth for this fire has been along the height of land and upslope away from homes and infrastructure. Any downslope growth is being continuously monitored by the BC Wildfire Service. An Evacuation Alert remains in effect for all properties in the communities of Ponderosa, McGillivrary, D'Arcy and Devine.  

Read the complete update on BC Wildfire's website
View an updated map.


Update: August 12,  3:30 p.m.

The latest update from the BC Wildfire Service: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=752


August 12, 2018 11:30 a.m.

There was minimal growth in the fire overnight and conditions are cool and damp today. The Evacuation Alert remains in effect.


August 11, 2018 14:30 p.m.

The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) has been advised by the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) that a wildfire burning in the vicinity of Anderson Lake (Grouse Creek, Fire K72289), now poses a potential danger to life and health for the area including Ponderosa, McGillivray, D'Arcy and all other properties as outlined in the Evacuation Alert and map.

As a result, the SLRD's Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been activated to Level 1, and an Evacuation Alert has been issued.

An Evacuation Alert is an advance notification of danger in your area. When an alert is issued, you do not need to leave, but you do need to get ready to evacuate, should it become necessary. 

Wildfire Details

The Grouse Creek wildfire (K72289) is approximately 4.5 kilometres northwest of the community of D’Arcy. This fire is estimated at 300 hectares in size and is no longer a modified response fire due to a shift in direction. Crews, heavy equipment and a helicopter are working on containment. This fire is expected to be highly active today and it remains highly visible from nearby communities. 

As new information becomes available it will be posted to:

http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp

Highline Road Access

The Highline Road remains open at this time. However, for your safety and to ensure uninterrupted access for BC Wildfire crews and other first responders, we request that all non-essential travel on the Highline Road be avoided. 

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