Those of you on the SLRD Community Alert program will have received an evacuation alert from the SLRD. (see below) This is not an order to evacuate but rather a recommendation that those that do not feel comfortable should consider leaving.
The fire above LLE is close to being contained.
However a lot of trees that held the soil in the upper slope at the fire location are now burned up. The forest fire team has done a quick slope stability review and have informed the SLRD and Forestry Services that there is a possibility of a debris flow from that area if heavy rain occurs. If material breaks away it could go down the gully near Strawberry Point of it could find its way to the McCullock Creek corridor.
McCullock Corridor goes through or near Gate 1, lower gate 2 and HJP.
The team that looked at potential bank instability would be concerned if we received a heavy rain i.e. more than 5mm per hour. The weather service is projecting that we will get 25mm on Friday over the course of the day. But, given that we live in the mountains, the weather could become worse or more concentrated than projected hence the notice.
A more complete review of the burned out area bank stability will be completed in the next few weeks and we will share the results when they come in.
If you hear a debris torrent you are probably safest to stay in your house. Do not go to McCullock Creek to check as you could get swept away.
We are unlocking gates 1 and 2 later today until Saturday so that anyone who tries to get out will not be hampered by a gate.
A reminder that the muster stations for emergencies are beside the Firehall and at the top of Gate 7. If you feel the need to move if we have a potential incident, gate 1 people would be better advised to go to the top of the hill past Strawberry Point to muster and not cross over the bridge between gates 1 and 2.
Forestry will be posting signs on the road alerting people to the potential risk.
The rains will be welcome relief as it pertains to the local fires and the air quality. Lets all be safe.
We will keep you updated if this gets escalated to an actual Evacuation Order.