UPDATE: Tuesday, August 15 (11:30 a.m.)
The Evacuation Order has been lifted and the State of Local Emergency for SLRD Area B has been rescinded.
Residents are welcome to return home. However, those travelling from Kamloops are asked to return home after 4:00 p.m. as the Thompson-Nicola Regional District will have travel restrictions in place until that time. Please follow the instructions of all first responders (e.g. RCMP) and carry proof of identity and address. Please note that Highway 99 between Lillooet and Marble Canyon remains closed at this time. However there is limited access available for local traffic with the use of pilot vehicles. Expect lengthy delays. Check www.drivebc.ca (Hwy 99) for updates.
In addition, please be advised that the area remains on Evacuation Alert. The Elephant Hill fire remains very active, and conditions can change quickly. Residents must be prepared to leave at any time.
An Evacuation Order has been issued for 7 properties on Pear Lake Road (between Pear and Kelly Lakes) in Electoral Area B of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.
The Evacuation Order is being issued on the advice of the BC Wildfire Management Branch as the Elephant Hill wildfire (K20637) now poses a danger to life and health for these properties. An Evacuation Alert remains in place for the properties in the vicinity of Pavilion Lake.
In addition, Highway 99 (northbound) has been closed between the junction with Hwy 12 and the junction with Hwy 97 due to the wildfire situation. However local traffic can still access Highway 99 from the Lillooet side only. Please be prepared to show proof of residence. There is no access to Highway 99 from the Highway 97 side (Cache Creek or Clinton). Highway 99 southbound from Lillooet through the Sea to Sky Corridor remains OPEN. Check www.drivebc.ca (Hwy 99) for updates.
- Download the Evacuation Order - Pear Lake Road (August 4)
- Download the Evacuation Alert - Pavilion Lake, Pear and Kelly Lakes (August 3)
- Map of the Evacuation Alert & Order areas
- Elephant Hill K20637 Public Information Map (August 2)
The SLRD has declared a State of Local Emergency for SLRD Area B, and the SLRD's Emergency Operations Centre has been activated (Level 1) in response to this threat.
What to do - Evacuation Order Area
- If you are in the Evacuation Order area, you must leave immediately for your own safety.
- If you have a place to stay with friends and family in Lillooet, take the Pavilion-Clinton Road south to Pavilion and take Highway 99 to Lilllooet. Emergency Social Services and Evacuee Registration is located at the Lillooet REC Centre, 930 Main Street, Lillooet, BC.
- If you require accommodation support, follow the instructions of First Responders who will coordinate access through the evacuation area to Kamloops. Emergency Social Services and Evacuee Registration is located at the Sandman Centre, 300 Lorne Street, Kamloops, BC.
- Things that should be done when an Evacuation order is issued:
- Listen closely to local media and emergency officials for information and updates and evacuation routes. Watch www.slrd.bc.ca for updates, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter - @slrd_bc and @slrd_emergency.
- Follow the directions of emergency personnel.
- Prepare to move any disabled people and / or children.
- Collect pets and pet needs, including food and medication.
- Contact an out-of-area friend or relative and let them know that you've left and where you can be found (i.e. Reception Centre).
- Leave a note behind.
- Turn off all lights and appliances (except your fridge and freezer).
- Turn off or reduce heat or air conditioning.
- Lock your doors.
- Gather your family members and leave immediately.
- Remember to take your 72-Hour Emergency Kit, season-appropriate clothing, cell phones and chargers, purse/wallet, blankets and pillows, sleeping bags, snacks, books and games.
- Check in at one of the two designated Reception Centres noted above to let them know that you and your family are safe. Even if you are planning to stay with a friend or relative, it is essential that you check in at the designated Reception Centre so that emergency personnel can make arrangements to keep you updated as to the evacuation status.
- Once you are in a safe area, sign up for SLRD Alert (if you haven't done so already). This free emergency notification service enables SLRD Emergency Management personnel to send important emergency-related information and instructions directly to you by telephone, text and email.
What to do - Evacuation Alert Area
- When an Evacuation Alert is issued, remember the 5 P's: People, Papers, Prescriptions, Pictures, Pets (& Livestock).