Expansion of Evacuation Alert for south Similkameen Valley Due to Snowy Mountain Fire

Please Note:  The map has been amended for the Evacuation Alert issued July 31, 2018 at 5:00 pm, for rural Keremeos in Electoral Area “G” and Cawston in Electoral Area “B” due to the Mt. Snowy 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 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. 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.