Interior Health has begun to support the return of residents to Parkside Community in Chase now that evacuation alerts for that area associated with the Bush Creek East wildfire have been rescinded.
Repatriation will occur gradually and carefully to ensure appropriate staffing and resources are in place when residents return to their homes.
Families will be notified directly as their loved ones are moved back. Anyone wishing to confirm their loved one’s current location can call 1-833-469-9800. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Messages can be left after hours for a call back.
Interior Health supported the proactive relocation of 53 residents of Parkside Community on Aug. 18 to neighbouring communities due to local evacuation alerts.
As localized alerts and evacuation orders are rescinded, a dedicated team will continue to lead the complex planning work of repatriating residents and clients to their homes.
Interior Health proactively relocated nearly 900 people from nine seniors care homes due to the threat of wildfire. Seven seniors care homes have already begun repatriating residents home.
Interior Health continues to support the wildfire response in our region, and our heartfelt thanks goes out to our care partners in neighbouring health authorities, first responders, community volunteers and local and provincial governments.
Those requiring support are encouraged to call the BC Crisis Line at 310-6789.
Everyone is reminded to make preparations for wildfires, and smoky skies as air quality deteriorates by visiting https://www.interiorhealth.ca/wildfires.
The FireWork Forecast shows maps of predicted smoke impacts over the next 48 hours.