On September 20, 2015 a significant rain event occurred causing several debris flow and flooding events throughout Electoral Areas B, C and D of the SLRD. Below is an update as to the status of the various events:
Note from the SLRD: The Special air quality statements issued by the BC Ministry of Environment and Environment and Climate Change Canada continue. Air quality throughout the SLRD is currently being impacted by wildfire smoke.
Special air quality statement issued for:
- Fraser Canyon, B.C. (083100)
- Howe Sound, B.C. (082500)
- Whistler, B.C. (082400)
Wildfire smoke continues to impact the province.
August 15, 10:00am
The Grouse Creek Fire was quiet overnight with no fire growth. A crew is working to establish a contingency line on the north flank. The Evacuation Alert remains in effect. Full update at BC Wildfire Service: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp?ID=752
August 14, 9:15 am
The Grouse Creek Fire is still estimated to be 368 hectares in size, and all information posted in the August 13 update below remains the same.
UPDATE August 11, 2018
Interior Health has advised that after the latest water testing of samples from Tyaughton Lake, the results meet both the aquatic life and drinking water guidelines outlined by the BC Water Quality Guidelines (BC WQG), as well as US EPA drinking water guidelines for parameters where BC WQG do not exist.
Therefore, the Do Not Consume water quality advisory has been lifted and normal water use can resume.
Drive BC is reporting that Road 40 is closed in both directions 70 km west of the Junction with Highway 99, in Lillooet because of a mud slide.
There is no detour available. Estimated time of opening is currently unavailable. Road will remain closed overnight. Next update is expected at noon on Friday, August 3.
At the advice of Interior Health, the SLRD has issued a temporary DO NOT USE water notice for all those drawing water from Tyaughton Lake. You CANNOT make the water safe by boiling it. The notice is in place until further notice.
A DO NOT USE WATER NOTICE MEANS:
We have heard media reports of a float plane crash on Tyaughton Lake, approximately 100 kilometres west of Lillooet, near the community of Gold Bridge.
Our thoughts are first and foremost with the people onboard the plane, their loved ones and the first-responders at the scene. At this time, we have not received any official reports and we have no additional confirmed details.
All questions should be directed to Lillooet RCMP and the Transportation Safety Board.
Electoral Area A
BC Wildfire Service: small new wildfire in Area A
The BC Wildfire Service has mapped a small new wildfire in an isolated area west of Tyaughton Lake. The fire (K71843) is suspected to be lightning caused and is estimated at .01 hectares in size. This is not an interface fire and is in an isolated area. Please follow bcwildfire.ca for further updates.
Special Air Quality Statement issued for Howe Sound and Whistler; Special Air Quality Statement continued for Fraser Canyon - north including Lillooet
Note from the SLRD: The Special Air Quality Statement below was issued today by Environment Canada and the BC Ministry of Environment:
During a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.