Wildfire Update (23 09 11)

A message from Executive Director Michael Shapcott, Monday, September 11, 2023

Re-opening remains on track…

The Sorrento Centre’s plan for a gradual and safe re-opening remains on track, even as the out-of-control Bush Creek East wildfire continues to burn on the hills overlooking our Centre. Over the past week, we have welcomed three day events and we are planning to re-open to overnight guests beginning Thursday.

When the Bush Creek East wildfire roared through the North Shuswap and then the South Shuswap, our Centre was forced to evacuate almost 200 guests on Aug. 18, along with our entire staff team. Eight days later, we were allowed to return, but we remain on evacuation alert, which means we are ready to leave at a moment’s notice. All our staff, our guests and our neighbours are safe.

The wildfire remains active, especially near Sorrento. On Sunday night, there were highly visible flames on the hilltops overlooking our Centre and farm. On Monday, there was significant smoke and Environment Canada extended its air quality alert. The boil water advisory for Sorrento due to the wildfire was rescinded Friday.

BC Wildfire says there is a chance of light rain later today. BC Wildfire and local firefighters, along with volunteers, are tackling “hotspots” near Sorrento in the air (with a pair of helicopters) and on the ground. Water trucks are filling their tanks near the Sorrento Centre farm and moving to douse the flames in the nearby hills.

On one day, almost three weeks ago, the wildfire moved rapidly – consuming more than 20 kilometres in less than 12 hours. While smoke and flames continue to be highly visible, the fire has not expanded in recent days.

The Sorrento Centre is monitoring the fire, smoke (air quality) and other impacts of the wildfire as we continue to move towards a full re-opening.

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