Expansion of Evacuation Alert for south Similkameen Valley Due to Snowy Mountain Fire
The Snowy Mountain wildfire has increased in size and BC Wildfire recommends a precautionary Evacuation Alert for the Cawston and Keremeos areas. There is the potential for burning embers to float several kilometers, sparking fires along the valley bottom. Ash and thick smoke is already visible in the Similkameen due to wildfires in the area. No properties have been evacuated at this time and residents may stay in their homes.
The fire now 6,124 hectares in size and zero percent contained...43 firefighters, 3 Helicopters and 3 pieces of heavy equipment are working on the fire.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre (RDOS EOC) is expanding a precautionary Evacuation Alert to 481 additional properties due to the threat of the Snowy Mountain Protected Area wildfire K51238. This precautionary Evacuation Alert includes all homes south and west of Highway 3 from 1143 Highway 3, south of Cawston, to the Fas Gas Plus service station at 3163 Highway 3, west of Keremeos. This includes selected homes within Electoral Area “B”, Electoral Area “G” and the Village of Keremeos closest to the Snow Mountain wildfire.
The Lower Similkameen Indian Band is also issuing Evacuation Alerts for their band members and residents.
A precautionary Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare residents to leave their premises or property if needed. In the event an Evacuation Order is issued, residents may have limited time to leave and should get prepared now. Information on how to prepare is below.
This is the second large scale Evacuation Alert for the south Similkameen Valley this year. This May, 1250 properties along the Similkameen River were placed on advisory Evacuation Alert due to potential flooding.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN EVACUATION ALERT IS IN EFFECT
Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for the evacuation order by:
Locating all family members or co-workers and designate a meeting site (such as a Reception Centre) outside the evacuation area, should an Evacuation Order be issued while separated.
Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e.2 insurance), cell phone charger, immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.). Have these items readily available for quick departure.
Preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.
Preparing to move pets and livestock to a safe area.
Arranging to transport your household members or co-workers in the event of an evacuation order. If you need transportation assistance from the area please call: 250-490-4225.
Arranging accommodation for your family if possible. In the event of an evacuation, Reception Centres will be opened if required.
Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.