UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.
Due to the danger to life safety caused by a wildfire burning near Seymour Arm in Electoral Area F the CSRD has expanded the evacuation order for residents in the area that goes into effect at 8 p.m. tonight.
The Evacuation Order is in effect for the following areas:
- All properties within the community of Seymour Arm east and south of Seymour Arm Bay Road.
- Seymour River Road including Tipman Road, Bradley Road and all boat-in only properties in the vicinity of Tranquility Bay.
- This order excludes the following addresses: 1142, 1158, 1306 Seymour Arm Bay Road.
UPDATE: 12:55 p.m.
The BC Wildfire Service says overnight growth on the Hunakwa wildfire was to the north along the ridge, away from communities.
However, an evacuation order was issued for part of Seymour Arm this morning, see below.
The wildfire service is responding with seven personnel and two helicopters today.
Multiple pieces of heavy equipment are working on site in addition to 13 structural protection apparatus from local fire departments.
Industry contractors are bringing in heavy equipment to widen roads and construct containment lines around the community as a precautionary measure.
ORIGINAL: 8:55 a.m.
An evacuation order has been issued for part of the Shuswap community of Seymour Arm.
The order was issued by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District Thursday morning as the Hunakwa wildfire poses "an immediate danger to life safety."
The order is in effect for the following areas:
- All residences within the community of Seymour Arm that are in the neighbourhood of Tranquility Bay
- All properties east of Seymour Arm Bay Road and Seymour River Road at Bughouse Bay
- Tipman Road and Bradley Road and boat-in only properties
Residents and visitors should leave the area immediately.
A tactical evacuation was completed early this morning for approximately 39 people on the east side of the community.
Firefighters went door to door to ensure people in the affected area were notified. All are safe.
As of Wednesday, the fire had burned an estimated 1,100 hectares. It is classified as out of control.
The CSRD says there is limited commercial lodging available. If you cannot stay with family or friends, report to the reception centre at the Lakeview Community Centre, 7703 Squilax-Anglemont Road, in Anglemont.
Residents can assist the registration process by self-registering online with Emergency Support Services.
If you need assistance with transportation from the area, call 250-833-3350.