Re-Entry Information for Evacuees of Upper Squamish Valley
At this time, on the advice of, and in collaboration with, the Squamish RCMP and the BC Wildfire Service, we are planning to rescind the Evacuation ORDER effective 9:00 a.m. Sunday, April 19, 2020. This is provisional on the state of the wildfire, and some properties in the community will remain on Evacuation ALERT.
A number of factors have informed this timeline, including the process of notifying property owners with structure losses, and making sure that the necessary supports are in place for all of those affected. Property owners who have lost structures due to this fire are being contacted today and are being offered the opportunity to visit their properties before the return of all people evacuated, to access counselling services and to be offered additional emergency support services if required.
We know that this is a difficult time for residents in this community, and that it is a close community. There was a fire last year around this time, people are already dealing with the wide-ranging effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, and now there is this fire. To access the Disaster Psychosocial Program (DPS) which offers psychological first aid, contact 604-314-2532. For help dealing with Emergency Care and Crisis Situations contact 1-866-661-3311 (TTY: 1-866-872-0113; Youth: 1-800-784-2433; Seniors: 604-872-0113).
Paradise Valley Road and Squamish Valley Road remain closed to all non-resident traffic today. Squamish Valley Road will remain closed tomorrow, to allow for residents to re-enter the area, and to have privacy as a community at this time. The RCMP checkpoint at Pilchuk Bridge will remain in place in order to assist residents returning to the area and to limit traffic to residents only.
Additionally, bottled water will be available to all residents for collection at the Drummond Road Hall as there will be no power until sometime on Monday based on the current BC Hydro timeline, affecting pumping of well water.
Wildfires are unpredictable and while crews have managed to make significant progress, including in challenging steep terrain, there is a chance the slope fire could become more active later today and into this evening. You can receive immediate notification of changes to evacuation orders and alerts by signing up to the free SLRD Alert emergency notification system:
We will use this system to notify residents confirmation that the evacuation order is lifted, along with all our other usual communication channels
Please visit the SLRD website: www.slrd.bc.ca for more information, including links to resources for emergency support services, what to do about food spoilage, and drinking water supply considerations for rural communities after wildfire.