UPDATE: August 25, 2017 (10:26am) - The Evacuation Alert noted below has been lifted.
UPDATE: August 15, 2017 (11:30 a.m.) - The Evacuation Order noted below in the August 4 update has been lifted and the State of Local Emergency has been rescinded.
UPDATE: August 4, 2017 (8:00 a.m.) - The Evacuation Alert noted below has been upgraded to an Evacuation Order for 7 properties on Pear Lake Road (between Pear and Kelly Lakes). The properties in the vicinity of of Pavilion Lake remain on Evacuation Alert.
An Evacuation Alert has been issued for properties in the vicinity of Pavilion Lake, Pear and Kelly Lakes in Electoral Area B of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD). Approximately 74 properties are impacted by the Evacuation Alert.
The Evacuation Alert is being issued on the advice of the BC Wildfire Management Branch due to current weather conditions and fire behaviour forecasts related to the Elephant Hill Fire burning in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. The wildfire now poses a potential danger to life and health for those in the communities listed above.
- Download the Evacuation Alert.
- Map of the SLRD Area B Evacuation Alert area
- Elephant Hill (K20637) wildfire status
The SLRD’s Emergency Operations Centre has been activated (Level 1) in response to this threat.
The Evacuation Alert is an advance notification of danger in the area. It is not an order to leave.
However, you need to get ready to leave. Residents will be given as much advance warning as possible in the event that an Evacuation Order is issued. However, you may receive limited advance notice, due to changing conditions.
Evacuation Alerts will be delivered to your residence or place of business. If you are registered for SLRD Alert, the free SLRD emergency notification service, you will be contacted by telephone, text message or email to advise you of the Evacuation Alert and any subsequent Evacuation Orders. Find out more about evacuation orders and alerts.
And if you haven’t yet signed up for SLRD Alert, register here.
When an Evacuation Alert is issued, remember the 5 P’s:
- Locate all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting location outside of the evacuation area, should an evacuation be called while separated.
- Prepare to move any disabled people and / or children.
- Arrange to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order.
- If you do not have access to a vehicle, make arrangements with a neighbour or nearby friend so you'll have a plan in place to leave the area in the event that you need to evacuate.
- Arrange accommodation for your family outside the evacuation area if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required.
- Gather season-appropriate clothing, cell phones and chargers, purse/wallet, blankets & pillows, sleeping bags, water, snacks, books and games – be ready to “Grab and Go” should an Evacuation Order be issued.
- Gather important personal documents regarding home ownership, insurance, birth records, wills, credit cards, cash, etc.
- Gather the medications and prescriptions you will need for several days, as well as medical/dental/vision records and the names and telephone numbers of your family physicians.
- Remember your eyeglasses!
- Gather any photo albums, videos and other precious keepsakes.
PETS (& LIVESTOCK):
- Gather everything you need for your pets, including food and water, collars, leashes and travel carriers (pets get scared too!).
- Make arrangements to move your livestock to a safe area outside of the Evacuation Alert area, and if possible, move them. This way, you'll know they will be safe should an Evacuation Order be issued and you have to leave on short notice.
- If you have livestock, download and review the SLRD's Commercial Livestock Relocation Guide, which outlines the roles, responsibilities and response procedures for commercial livestock relocation when a major emergency is occurring or imminent.
Information is Power!
- Monitor local news sources for information on evacuation orders, locations of Reception Centres and other instructions.
- Sign up for SLRD Alert, and receive emergency information directly by voice message, text or email.
- The SLRD will be sharing updates through our website (www.slrd.bc.ca) and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter - @slrd_bc and @slrd_emergency).
Residents with Questions or Concerns, please contact:
- Ryan Wainwright, SLRD Emergency Program Manager (telephone: 604-698-6442, email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Sarah Morgan, SLRD Emergency Management Analyst (telephone: 604-815-7011, email: email@example.com)