Evacuation alert issued for Carlson Point wildfire in Sunshine Coast Regional District

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      An evacuation alert has been issued to residents of an area north of Sechelt.

      The Sunshine Coast Regional District put out the advisory, which took effect at noon today (July 3).

      It applies to Carlson Point in Electoral Area B (Halfmoon Bay).

      According to a news release, residents could be asked to leave their homes on 10 minutes notice and head to reception centres.

      "Firefighting efforts are continuing at the Mason Road / Carlson Point fire. The BC Forest Service has applied 6 loads of fire retardant. A helicopter is 'bucketing' water. No structures are currently threatened and there are no evacuations at present. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire is estimated to be 20ha in size," reads a 1:30 p.m. update on the SCRD website.

      The update also warns: "Smoke may be heavy in areas of West Sechelt and the Shores."

      Campfires have been banned in most of B.C.




      Jul 3, 2015 at 8:51pm

      Interesting to me how for decades we had 'forest fires' in BC but now... it's always WILDFIRE!!!

      Jeff in Sechelt

      Jul 4, 2015 at 12:12am

      ^^ Interesting how living within 6kms I can't breathe due to the smoke and am desperately trying to get an useful info as the updated status of the fire, flying embers etc - only to come across your comment whilst checking comments on news sources for info. thanks for your oh so clever comment on fear driven society - obviously fearlessly typed on a keyboard miles away from the fire... have a good one in safety there pal

      Richard S.

      Jul 4, 2015 at 3:53pm

      Judging by the amount of smoke that had drifted east from the Sechelt over Bowen, West Van., North Van., Kits and out to the valley, this looks to be a substantial fire. The skies last night in the Vancouver area were thick with it.

      Sally A

      Jul 6, 2015 at 9:37am

      Thank you so much to the firefighters who are risking their lives to put out the fire.
      We need to do a rain dance!