The Three Valley Lake fire pictured at around midnight on Monday, July 19. The light in the centre right is the Three Valley Gap resort. The lights on the right are from the Trans-Canada Highway. The perimeter of the wildfire is visible on the mountainside to the left. Photo: Matt Timmins for Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

The area in the vicinity of the Three Valley Lake wildfire has been upgraded from evacuation alert on July 19 now to an evacuation order on July 20.

This means that all persons affected by the order must leave immediately.

A wildfire on the mountain north of the lake has been expanding since it was first discovered on July 11. The B.C. Wildfire Service is currently listing the fire at 60 hectares and out of control.

The order was issued at noon on July 20, 2021.

What areas are under order?

The CSRD emergency program provided the map below of areas affected by the evacuation order. Some nearby areas are still under evacuation alert only.

The CSRD describes the area as “Three Valley Lake including the area bordering the NORTH side of the Trans-Canada Highway.”

Travel along the Trans-Canada Highway is open.

View the full evacuation alert and order here. See the map below.

The CSRD provided the following orders and instructions:

YOU MUST LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

  • There is limited commercial lodging available at this time. If your property is your primary residence and you cannot stay with family or friends, please report to the Reception Centre at the Sicamous and District Seniors Centre, located at 1091 Shuswap Avenue, Sicamous to register.
  • Residents can assist the registration process by self-registering with Emergency Support Services online through this link: https://ess.gov.bc.ca/  You can also search this on Google using the term BC Evacuation Registration and Assistance. When registering, please indicate your community as Three Valley Gap.
  • If you need assistance with transportation from the area, advise the individual providing this notice or call 250.833.3350.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors. Shut off gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers.
  • Gather your family. Take pets in pet kennels or on a leash.
  • Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, keys and grab-and-go bag) only if they are immediately available.
  • Do not use more vehicles than needed. If time permits, check with neighbours and assist those with special needs.
  • Regularly monitor the CSRD website, www.csrd.bc.ca, the Shuswap Emergency Program’s (SEP) webpage at www.shuswapemergency.ca, the Shuswap Emergency on Facebook and Twitter, the CSRD’s Facebook, Twitter platforms or local news sources for information.

For update on wildfire information, see the BC Wildfire Service at  www.bcwildfire.ca 

Background: See our July 19 story on the fire here

Wildfire prompts evacuation alert for Three Valley Gap