The Lillooet Fire Department is dedicated to keep our community safe and informed. Check here for Wildfire updates and follow the District of Lillooet on Facebook.
August 22, 2021 – McKay Creek Fire Update – Evacuation Alert Cancelled
Thank you to our community for your patience. It is important however, that we continue to support each other and our families through our own family emergency response plans.
Please continue to follow https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/ for updated information.
Bus Transportation Should Evacuation be Required
All District Community members are encouraged to continue with their family emergency preparedness planning. Part of that planning ought to be your method of transportation out of the area, should we be required evacuate.
As part of our planning, we have arranged for bus transportation for those who have no alternative options, should it be required. It is important that we understand the needs of the community. If you are unable to self-evacuate with your own vehicle and may require bus transportation as an option, please either complete a brief survey by following this link:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TDRT82Z or call 250-256-0013 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.
If you know of someone who may require bussing as an option and they are unable to complete the form, or perhaps do not see this message, please encourage them to do the same.
Important to note:
Busses cannot accommodate pets, animals, or lifestock. Owners are encouraged to make alternative arrangements if unable to self-evacuate. The BC SPCA may be able to provide assistance. Call them at 1-855-622-7722.
We will continue to make plans, out of an abundance of caution. For information on how your family can continue your planning process, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/emer…/preparedbc/make-your-plan
August 16, 2021 – a message from Fire Chief, Darren Oike
Out of an abundance of caution, the District of Lillooet has been placed on Evacuation Alert status by the BC Wildfire Service.
This is NOT an Evacuation Order.
It is important for you to revisit your family preparedness plans. Do you have a meeting place? An agreed method of contacting each other? Is any member of the family going to require assistance should an Order come in? Is your 72 Hour kit ready – medications, glasses, important documents? Do you have a plan for livestock and pets?
Business owners, have you revisited your business continuity plan? If not, now is a great time to do so!
Hopefully, the weather will be in our favour and this Alert will be short lived. We will continue to provide updates as best we can.
This Alert was shared with our community using the Lillooet Alert System. If you have not registered to receive critical alerts, please do so now by visiting www.lillooet.ca/alert
August 16, 2021 – Evacuation Alert in Place
Effective August 16, 2021 at 5:45 pm., the District of Lillooet has been placed on EVACUATION ALERT.
This EVACUATION ALERT is a notification of the potential danger due to the McKay Creek Wildfire. This serves to notify residents of the potential for loss of life/property from the wildfire. Be prepared to leave this area with very short notice should the situation escalate to an Evacuation Order.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO EVACUATE AT THIS TIME.
The affected area covers the entire District of Lillooet. This ALERT may be followed by an “EVACUATION ORDER” whereby you must leave your home immediately. The RCMP will enforce the Order to Evacuate.
What you should consider now:
Locate all family members and designate a safe meeting place, should an evacuation be called while separated. Prepare to transport any disabled persons and/or children.
Gather essential items for at least a 72 hour duration. This includes personal identification, seasonally appropriate clothing, medications, eye glasses, valuable papers (eg: insurance), and immediate care needs for dependants. Pack water and food. Have these items readily available for quick departure. If time, pack up keepsakes.
Have a plan for pets and livestock.
Consider how you will transport your household members in the event of an evacuation order.
If possible, arrange accommodation for you and your family.
In the event of an evacuation, emergency shelters will be provided if required.
It is important to register with Emergency Support Services once you have left your property, by calling 1-800-585-9559 or going online to https://ess.gov.bc.ca/
Monitor official news sources for information on locations of emergency shelters and evacuation orders. www.EmergencyInfoBC.gov.bc.caI
August 15, 2021 – Wildfire Update from Fire Chief Darren Oike
Today on a conference call, Chief Oike learned of a new Evacuation Alert for some of the SLRD residents and the community of Xaxli’p.
There is NO alert currently impacting the District of Lillooet. This is a good reminder though on the importance of remaining prepared.
Does your family have an Emergency Plan? Have you prepared a 72 hour preparedness kit? Here is a link to some helpful tools in supporting your own families Emergency Preparedness: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/emergency-management/preparedbc
Updates on BC WIldfire Alerts and Orders can be found here: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/
BC Wildfire status information can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status
SLRD specific information can be found here: https://www.slrd.bc.ca/
August 11, 2021 – McKay Creek Fire Update
Today, we invited BC Wildfire Service Commander, Greg Walker to join us in providing you a brief update on the McKay Creek (and area) fire.
You can visit the BC Wildfire Service’s website for updates: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status
We encourage you to register with the District’s of Lillooet’s Urgent Alert System by visiting: www.lillooet.ca/alert