An evacuation order has been issued for a number of properties in the Pavilion Lake area, with residents being told to head to Whistler, due to the McKay Creek wildfire burning nearby.
In a statement at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District said the order is in effect for the following areas:
- Pavilion-Clinton Road, between Hwy 99 and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District
- Carson Ranch Road
- Pearl Lake Road
- Shinta Road
- Pavillion Ferry Road
The McKay Creek Fire, which started in the vicinity of the 32-kilometre mark of the West Pavillion Road, is burning at roughly 22,000 hectares and can be seen from Lillooet and Clinton.
The fire remains out of control and suspected to be human-caused.
There was significant growth on the Mckay Creek wildfire Wednesday during a period of elevated winds, according to the BC Wildfire Service. The fire has now crossed the Fraser River and is burning in isolated areas on the east side of the river. Due to the aggressive fire behaviour and windy conditions, crews’ progress on the fire has been limited.