Wildfire Downton Creek FSR: Evacuation Order issued by Squamish-Lillooet . Regional District
The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) has issued an evacuation order for the electoral area B (Downton Creek area) in its region, due to “imminent danger to the safety of life”.
The order was issued because of the Downton Creek FSR wildfire, which burns approximately 11 miles (18 kilometers) southwest of Lillooet, according to the BC Wildfire Service.
“RCMP has carried out the evacuation order and the area has been evacuated,” SLRD staff told Global News late in the afternoon.
The fire is about 200 acres and has spiraled out of control, wildfire officials said.
The following addresses are under evacuation order:
- Lot 2343 District, Lillooet . District
- Lot 4361 District, Lillooet . District
- Neighborhood Lot 4361- Lot A, Neighborhood Lillooet
- Lot 1 and Lot 2 in the district Lot 4360, district Lillooet
- Cottonwood Recreation Area EC1576
- Cinnamon recreation site REC1874
- Gott recreation area REC1872
- Rogers Recreation Area REC1568
- Seton Ridge Recreational Trail REC4684
The regional district has also issued an evacuation warning for two properties in electoral area B – district lot 4359 and lot 2 of district lot 4360.
Wildfire officials said no structures are under threat at this time, but assessments are being made to highlight “values in the area.”
“(There are) 11 ground personnel on site to assess safe, workable ground,” said Shaelee Stearns, a fire officer at the Kamloops Fire Center.
“(Some) parts of the fire burn on steep, inaccessible high-altitude terrain, which is unsafe for crews to reach.”
Regional district officials said those affected should call the Canadian Red Cross’s 24/7 Disaster Helpline at 1-800-863-6582 if assistance is needed.
The district also advises people to keep an eye on the BC Wildfire Service and Emergency Info BC twitter pages for updates.