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Shuswap community placed on evacuation alert due to wildfire

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July 14, 2021 - 1:15 PM

A small Shuswap community has been placed on evacuation alert by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District due to a nearby wildfire.

The regional district issued the alert today, July 14, for Seymour Arm as a wildfire burning in the area of Hunakwa Lake in Electoral Area F is growing and may pose a danger.

The small community on Shuswap Lake has roughly 102 residents, according to 2016 Census data.

The alert is in effect due to the potential danger to life, health or property, the regional district said. The alert is intended to give residents time to prepare for a possible evacuation.

“Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation, however, you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions,” according to the regional district.

The Hunakwa Lake wildfire is estimated to be 230 hectares in size and is burning to the south of Seymour Arm. It was discovered July 9 and is currently burning out of control, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

For more information on the evacuation alert, visit the regional district’s website here.

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