The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) has issued an evacuation order for Election Zone B (Downton Creek area) in its region, due to an “immediate danger to life safety”.
The order was issued because of the Downton Creek FSR fire, which is burning about 18 kilometers southwest of Lillooet, according to the BC Wildfire Service.
“RCMP have carried out the evacuation order and the area has been evacuated,” SLRD staff told Global News late Saturday afternoon.
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The blaze covers about 200 hectares and is out of control, wildfire officials said.
The following addresses are under evacuation order:
- District Lot 2343, Lillooet District
- District Lot 4361, Lillooet District
- District Lot 4361 – Lot A, Lillooet District
- Lot 1 and Lot 2 in District Lot 4360, Lillooet District
- Cottonwood Recreation Site EC1576
- Cannelle Recreation Site REC1874
- Gott Recreation Site REC1872
- Rogers Recreational Site REC1568
- Seton Ridge Recreational Trail REC4684
An Evacuation Alert has also been issued by the Regional District for two properties in Election Area B – District Lot 4359 and Lot 2 of District Lot 4360.
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Wildfire officials said no structures were at risk at this time, but assessments are underway to highlight the “values of the area”.
“(There are) 11 ground personnel on site to assess safe and passable terrain,” said Shaelee Stearns, fire information officer at the Kamloops Fire Center.
“(Some) parts of the fire are burning in steep, inaccessible terrain at high altitudes, which is unsafe for crews.”
Regional district staff said those affected should call the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-863-6582, if there is any help is needed.
The district is also advising people to monitor the BC Wildfire Service and Emergency Info BC Twitter pages for updates.
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