The Columbia Shuswap Regional District at the Shuswap Emergency Program’s Emergency Operations Centre has issued an evacuation alert for the Three Valley Gap area due to a nearby wildfire.
The wildfire burning near Three Valley Lake in Electoral Area E is growing and may pose a danger to life, health or property. The situation has prompted authorities to issue an Evacuation Alert for the following area:
Three Valley Lake including the area bordering the NORTH side of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Travel along the Trans-Canada Highway remains open.
What is an evacuation alert?
An evacuation alert is an advance warning about a potential threat to life and/or property intended to give residents time to be ready for a possible evacuation. Fire authorities say residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation, however, the CSRD emergency program says residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.
The Three Valley Lake fire is burning on the mountain above and just to the northwest of the Three Valley Gap resort. It is currently listed at 60 hectares.
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It was discovered on July 11 and is currently listed as out of control. The B.C. Wildfire Service lists the cause as lightning.
What to do to be prepared
The CSRD advises that you gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers, immediate care needs for dependents. Ensure you and your family members have enough clothing and incidentals for a 72-hour period and have these items readily available for quick departure. See www.preparedbc.ca for details.
These are in addition to other steps, such as notifying family contacts. For more, and to find updates on the alert, see this wildfire notification page.