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Recover Shuswap Information

The Bush Creek East Wildfire began in early July 2023 and forced the evacuation of more than 8,000 people from eight communities in the Shuswap region. The Columbia Shuswap Regional District has staff and resources to assist residents impacted by the wildfire, especially those who suffered property damage or loss. The links on this page will be updated regularly to provide the latest information to answer your questions and help residents recover from this wildfire event.

Bush Creek East Landslide Risk
Update June 7, 2024

Two public information sessions regarding increased landslide risk are planned for residents affected by the Bush Creek East wildfire on June 13 and 17. Use this link to access our dedicated webpage for more information and to register for the meetings.

Permits issued for Rebuilding

May 21, 2024

The process of rebuilding in the fire-damaged areas of the North Shuswap has begun with the issuance of building permits for 12 projects, with 10 more in progress, including the replacement of eight single-family homes.

“We are thrilled to have issued these building permits and see these residents move forward with their projects following the devastation caused by the Bush Creek East wildfire,” says Gerald Christie, General Manager, Development Services.

“Rebuilding is happening now in the North Shuswap, and we are committed to working through the necessary processes with property owners as quickly as possible.”

View news release (PDF)

Community Conversations

April 12, 2024

The What We Heard report generated by an independent consulting firm following community conversation events hosted by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) in March is now available for public review. It can be found in the Reports section of the CSRD website under the Emergency Management Reports tab.

In March, the CSRD conducted feedback sessions with residents including four in-person meetings in Sorrento, Anglemont, Celista and at Quaaout Lodge, along with two online sessions. A survey with more than 400 participants was also used to allow residents an opportunity to share their experiences with last summer’s Bush Creek East Wildfire.

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March 19, 2024
We have now wrapped up our in-person and online Bush Creek East Wildfire Community Conversations, with an overwhelming response. The CSRD wants to hear from community members about their experiences during the Bush Creek East Wildfire. We had 200+ people come out to four events, 50+ at the virtual sessions and received more than 400 surveys.

For those who might have missed it, here’s a video of the presentation on March 14, 2024.

We thank all those who participated and shares their stories, ideas and suggestions for improvement.

This information will be analyzed by the consultant, Monogram Communications, and formulated into an independent What We Heard report, which will be presented to the Board and made publicly available in April.

 

 

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