On July 7, 2017 the Province of BC announced a provincial state of emergency regarding the current wildfire situation. Evacuation Orders and Alerts are affecting several communities across BC's Interior region, including in the Thompson-Nicola, Cariboo and Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Districts. Our thoughts are with the many families and communities impacted by these devastating fires.
Currently, there are no wildfires of note burning within the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. However, smoke from several of these large wildfires may be visible in many parts of the SLRD, depending on wind direction. And, with the hot, dry weather expected to continue, it's important to be vigilant and prepared.
While the BC Wildfire Service has deployed additional resources to the Interior to help fight the large fires there, sufficient firefighters and equipment will remain in the Coastal Fire Centre (covering SLRD Areas C, D, the Village of Pemberton, Resort Municipality of Whistler and District of Squamish) and the Lillooet Fire Zone (Kamloops Fire Centre; covering SLRD Areas A, B and the District of Lillooet) to maintain first response capability.
Be Informed to Stay Safe
The resource links below have been compiled from official sources, to help you keep informed about what's happening with the current wildfire situation.
BC Wildfire Service
- Current wildfire status
- Interactive map of all active wildfires across the province
- Campfire bans, restrictions and forest use - NOTE: Open fires and campfires are currently banned throughout BC until further notice.
- Twitter: @BCGovFireInfo
- Facebook: @BCForestFireInfo
Evacuation Alerts and Orders
**There are currently no evacuation alerts or orders in place in the SLRD.**
- Emergency Info BC - Information about emergencies in BC, including evacuation orders and alerts
- Thompson-Nicola Regional District
- Cariboo Regional District
Travel and Road Updates
- Drive BC - Information about road closures, major events, and travel delays
- Drive BC Twitter - @DriveBC
- BC Transportation Twitter - @TranBC
Weather Alerts and Warnings
- Environment Canada - BC Weather Alerts and Warnings
- Environment Canada - BC Air Quality Advisories
- BC Air Quality Health Index
BC Parks, Recreation Sites and Trails
- BC Parks - information on provincial parks and closures
- BC Recreation Sites and Trails - information on alerts, closures and warnings for BC's rustic recreation sites and trails
How you can help
- Red Cross - BC Fires Appeal
- CanadaHelps.org - 2017 BC Wildfires
- Food Banks BC - BC Wildfire Support
- If you live in the Lillooet area, the Lillooet Chamber of Commerce and the District of Lillooet are working together to collect donations for those impacted by the wildfires. Bring your donations of pet supplies, toiletries and non-perishable items to Buy-Low Foods, Lillooet Feed & Garden, Pharmasave, Fields or IDA Pharmacy. Cayuse Transportation has graciously agreed to deliver the donations to Kamloops (pet supplies will go to the BC SPCA and other items will go to the Food Bank).
- The District of Lillooet Emergency Program has issued a call for willing and able people to register as volunteers for various jobs should the Lillooet area be called upon to assist with evacuees. If you live in the District of Lillooet or SLRD Area B, learn how you can get involved.
- TNRD Volunteer Connections on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TNRDvolunteerconnections/
- If you see a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour, report it!
- Call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone.
Emergency Preparedness Resources
- Sign up for SLRD Alert - a FREE notification service available to all residents living in SLRD Areas A, B, C, and D. Sign up and receive an email, text or telephone message with the information you need during an emergency
- Is your property FireSmart?
- Are you "Emergency Ready"?
- What's your Emergency Plan?
- Do you have an Emergency Kit?
- What about your pets and livestock?
- Emergency Management BC - Emergency Management BC is the Province's lead coordinating agency for all emergency management. Check out PreparedBC for even more resources to help you get emergency ready.