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Shuswap Fire-Damaged Areas Prepare for Re-Entry Amid Ongoing Hazards


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:

Approximately 176 Total Structure Losses,  50 Partial Structure Damages
Approximately 176 Total Structure Losses, 50 Partial Structure Damages


Ongoing Danger in Fire Zone:

  • The wildfire has left behind hazardous conditions, including ash pits, unstable trees, and poor air quality due to smoke and ash particles.

  • 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:

Re-Entry Schedule:

  • 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):

Donations and Fundraisers:

General Information:

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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