Some areas of the Upper Squamish Valley in SLRD Electoral Area D are under Evacuation Order, while others on Evacuation Alert, due to a wildland interface fire burning in the vicinity of Magee Road. The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District has declared a state of local emergency.
The SLRD is coordinating with BC Wildfire Service, Squamish RCMP, Squamish Nation and the District of Squamish, which has also issued an evacuation alert for the Paradise Valley area that falls within DOS boundaries. The Squamish Nation Ch’iyakmesh Reserve area is also under Evacuation Alert and SLRD residents north of Magee Road are also on Evacuation Alert.
The fire was discovered on the afternoon of April 15, 2020, grew rapidly in the first few hours in windy conditions and is currently estimated at 60 hectares.
Squamish Fire Rescue (SFR) has two crews assisting (10 members) the 20 BC Wildfire Service ground crew, including one engine, and a structural protection unit (sprinklers). SFR is supporting the efforts by protecting structures and homes directly threatened by fire.
All visitors and non-resident property owners currently in the Squamish Valley and Paradise Valley areas are directed to return to their primary residence. A number of homes have been evacuated within the SLRD. Emergency support services are available, and residents requiring emergency accommodation have been directed to the Executive Suites Hotel in Squamish where they will be connected with the Squamish Canadian Red Cross/Emergency Support Services (ESS).
Wildfires are dangerous and unpredictable. Please avoid the area to safeguard your safety and the safety of all those battling this fire.
Further updates will be provided when new information is available.