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Smith Creek Wildfire: Evacuation order rescinded for some residents

Water bombers attack the Smith Creek wildfire Friday. - Wade Paterson/Capital News
Water bombers attack the Smith Creek wildfire Friday.
— image credit: Wade Paterson/Capital News

The Emergency Operation Centre advises that the Evacuation Order for the Smith Creek Fire has been partially rescinded effective 11 a.m. Sunday, July 20.  Residents returning to their home will be on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave their homes with little or short notice.

Crews are working hard to return remaining evacuees to their homes as soon as possible. Remaining evacuation orders will be evaluated later today.

The Evacuation Order is rescinded but an Evacuation Alert remains in effect for the following areas:

The following properties in the Smith Creek Neighbourhood including the following roads:

• Asquith Road

• Bridal Hill Court

• Bridal Hill Drive

• Copper Ridge Drive

• Copper Ridge Court

• Copper Ridge Place

• Copper Ridge Way

• Doucette Drive

• Harold Road

• Ironridge Place

• Ironridge Road

• Rhinestone Road

• Shetler Drive

• Sandberg Road

• Sageview Road

• Saddleridge Drive

• Sugosa Place

• Salish Road

• Smith Creek Road

• Stone Ridge Drive

• Summerview Place

• Summerview Court

• Telcor Place

• Twin Place

• Whispering Hills Drive

• Wild Horse Drive

Properties in the Alexandria Neighbourhood including the following roads:

• Alexandria Way

• Shannon Lake Road

A portion of the Tallus Ridge Neighbourhood including the following roads:

• Boulder Lake Boulevard

• Cobblestone Road

• Pebble Place

• Stone Grove Crescent

• Tuscany Drive

• Tallus Ridge Drive

A portion of the Shannon Woods Neighbourhood including the following roads:

• Shannon Woods Drive

• Shannon Woods Place

• Shannon Woods Way

• Shannon Woods Cres,

The Evacuation Order is still in effect for:

Properties in the Smith Creek Neighbourhood including the following roads:

• Dixie Road

The following properties in the Tallus Ridge Neighbourhood including the following roads:

• Big Sky Drive

• Mountains Hollow Lane

• Paramount Drive

• Ryser Place

• Tallus Heights Drive

• Tallus Green Cres,

• Tallus Green Place

The following properties in the Shannon Woods Neighbourhood including the following roads:

• Shannon Hills Drive

• Shannon Hills Place

• Shannon Heights Court,

• Shannon Heights Place

The Evacuation Alerts remain in effect for the following areas:

• Bartley Road

• Lenz Road

For the latest information and updated maps of the evacuation order and evacuation alert visit www.cordemergency.ca.

RCMP will be in the area to ensure an orderly re-entry and to enforce road blocks in areas where Evacuation Orders are still in effect.  When returning home, be cautious in your neighborhood and watch out for:

• charred power poles and trees that may be unstable and fall.

• live power lines lying on the ground.

• small fires that may flare up without warning.

• ash pits, which are holes filled with hot ash created by burned trees.

Interior Health provides useful information for residents returning to their homes.  It deals with exposure to smoke from forest fires, food safety, water quality and septic tanks and disposal fields:

https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/EmergencyPreparedness/Pages/Forest-Fires.aspx

 

The public is requested to stay out of fire-affected areas for their own safety.

BC Wildfire Management Branch says the fire is 260 hectares in size and 50% contained. Fires contained within the fire perimeter will continue to burn and be visible for several weeks.  Residents are asked if they see any fire activity related to the Smith Creek fire, not to call 9-1-1 as crews will still be actively working in the area and monitoring the situation.

For those who remain on evacuation orders, the Emergency Support Services reception centre at Mount Boucherie Senior Secondary School will continue to operate.  Residents remaining on Evacuation Order will need to return to the reception center to receive additional food and accommodation vouchers. Volunteers will do their best to process evacuees as quickly and efficiently as possible.

 

 

 

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