A fire burning on the north slope of Mount Prevost has triggered an evacuation alert to be issued in the Cowichan Valley.
According to the Cowichan Valley Regional District, an evacuation order has been issued for a single property located on Mount Prevost Road.
The fire currently sits at approximately 10-hectares in size, according to the CVRD, and is located in the Hollyoak Creek area.
Authorities believe the fire has the potential to danger the life and health of the sole property at the top of Mount Prevost Road, which led to issuing the alert.
An evacuation alert means that residents should prepare to evacuate the premises of their property should it be deemed necessary.
“Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions,” reads a statement from the CVRD.
The evacuation route for this particular notice is south on Mount Prevost Rd. to Somenos Rd.
For any residents that are impacted by this evacuation alert or receive an alert in the future, the Cowichan Valley Regional District has outlined tips for a safe evacuation procedure:
- Locate all family members and designate a meeting area outside the evacuation area, should an Evacuation Order be called while separated.
- Pack essential items such as government-issued ID, medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (e.g. insurance, credit, and mortgage information), immediate care needsfor dependents and, if time and space permits, keepsakes for quick departure.
- Prepare to move disabled persons, children and/or neighbours, if assistance is needed.
- Prepare to take pets with you and move livestock to a safe area (if possible).
- Arrange transportation for all your household members. Fill the gas tanks of personal vehicles
- Arrange accommodation for all members of the residence, if possible.
- Wait for an Evacuation Order to be issued before evacuating. Monitor media sources for information on evacuation orders and location of Reception Centres.
The CVRD intends to provide an update on the current state of the Mount Prevost fire and any further evacuation alerts by 7 p.m. on August 6.