Vehicle crash leads to wildfire at Sicamous, tactical evacuation started, broader evacuation alert issued

The new Two Mile Creek wildfire about two kilometres southeast of Sicamous was sparked by a vehicle crash on Highway 97A on the morning of July 20, and quickly spread to 10 hectares. It is listed as out of control.

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A B.C. Wildfire Service image of the Two Mile Creek wildfire near Sicamous on July 20, which was sparked on the 20th and quickly spread to 10 hectares. Photo: B.C. Wildfire Service

Note:

The situation with the Sicamous wildfire is developing. If you’re seeking updated evacuation information, see the links in the story.

Original story: 

A wildfire in Sicamous has prompted the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District to issue an evacuation alert, and it is undertaking a tactical evacuation in parts of the community.

According to witness accounts, on the morning of Tuesday, July 20, a commercial truck crashed into a ditch on the highway about two kilometres southeast of Sicamous, striking a power pole. This sparked the fire, which is being called the Two Mile Creek fire.

The fire, which is located about two kilometres southeast of the District of Sicamous, has now spread to 10 hectares and is listed as out of control.

What areas are affected?

The CSRD provided this map of evacuation alert and tactical evacuations in the area.

A Shuswap Emergency Program map of the evacuation alert and tactical evacuation area issued on July 20, 2021. Image: CSRD

What to do if you’re affected

The CSRD has issued this PDF of the alert with instructions.

The CSRD also issued this media statement with details and instructions.