Approximately 176 Total Structure Losses, 50 Partial Structure Damages
As residents in wildfire-affected regions prepare to return, here are the key updates and precautions they need to know:
Ongoing Danger in Fire Zone:
Entering burned structures or forest areas is highly dangerous and should be avoided.
Burned Structures Warning:
Burned structures may contain chemicals, toxic dust (possibly asbestos), sharp objects, and unstable walls.
Do not enter burned structures until assessed by professionals; contact your insurance for guidance.
Burned Forest Hazards:
Burned forests pose long-term dangers, including "danger trees" at risk of falling.
Ash pits, some several feet deep, may exist in the burned forest, making it unsafe for both children and adults.
Water Quality Concerns:
Assume water in the area is not safe to drink until it has been tested.
Information on safe drinking water sources is available online at drinkingwaterforeveryone.ca.
On September 5 and 6, 2023, residents will have an opportunity to see their lost structures.
Evacuation orders will be downgraded starting on September 6 at specific times for different areas.
Structure Loss Update:
Weather and Fire Conditions:
Cooler temperatures and isolated showers on Tuesday will help dampen fire behavior.
Some areas with high fuel concentrations, like log decks and slash piles, may still experience fire activity.
Emergency Support Services (ESS):
ESS remains open for assistance at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Salmon Arm.
Appliance disposal guidance is available, and residents are encouraged to check with their insurance providers.
Donations and Fundraisers:
For donation inquiries, call the CSRD at 250-833-3396.
Event-based fundraisers can utilize the Shuswap Tourism Events Calendar for promotion.
Stay updated on evacuation statuses through the Shuswap Emergency Program website.
For the latest on the wildfire situation, visit the BC Wildfire Dashboard.
Contact information for assistance and inquiries is provided for your convenience.
Remember, safety remains a top priority as residents return to their fire-affected communities. Follow official guidance and exercise caution in these challenging conditions.
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