Parks & trails fire update

Parks & trails fire update

I’ve had a couple of questions lately about what’s going on with the parks that were burned. So I posed the question to my BC Parks contact and he responded with some info that they had ready to go. I’ve summarized the main information here and will provide a link to the full document just below.

Tsutswecew Provincial Park – December 19th, 2023

  • Roughly 80% of the park was impacted by the 2023 Bush Creek East Wildfire and have required closure for public safety reasons. The following trails were impacted by the fire and remain closed; Upper Flume, Lower Flume, Adams River Gorge Trail, Wade Road Trails, Packer Trail, Indigenous Winter Home Trail, Main Viewing Platform Trail, Island Loop Trail and Skwlax/Anglemont Road to Viewing Platform Trail.
  • BC Parks will work with a consultant to complete DFAA damage assessments to determine the full scope of fire damaged facilities. This work must occur in snow free conditions and will likely take place in early Spring 2024. Once the DFAA damage assessment is complete, BC Park will proceed with recovery efforts including repairs or replacement of fire damaged facilities.
  • The Upper Flume, Lower Flume, Adams River Gorge Trail, Wade Road Trails, Packer Trail, Indigenous Winter Home Trail, Main Viewing Platform Trail, Island Loop Trail and Skwlax/Anglemont Road to Viewing Platform Trail will remain closed until safe access can be restored. As they become available, updates will be posted on the Tsutswecw Park webpage on bcparks.ca

BC Parks Tsutswecw Park information page

With regards to the Scotch Creek-Hlina Trail above Scotch Creek, the Shuswap Trails Alliance has has a consultant cover that area to determine the extend of the damage and what is needed to bring it back to useable. The consultant described impacts to the trails; in some areas, the trail is complete indiscernible. He also described areas that have safety hazards. Recommendations for the Scotch Creek Hlina Lookout trail are:

  1. 2 km trail reconstruction. This is primarily where the most fire damage is, where the crown is burned or trees have fallen over the trail or fences. Trail markers will need to be re-installed.
  2. 1 km trail clean-up. This is for dealing with fire-impacted danger trees.
  3. 3 km – no treatments needed.

The links below are to documents from the Shuswap Trails Roundtable meeting in November and the Consultants presentation.

Shuswap Trails Roundtable meeting notes
Scotch Creek-Hlina Lookout trail and Mt. Baldy consultant presentation


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One thought on “Parks & trails fire update

  1. Glad to see that there is a plan to at least create a plan . As a resident along holding road opposite the flume trails I would love to see the heaps of burnt and fallen trees removed prior to next summer’s fire season . It’s going to be emotionally challenging enough getting through it without knowing that we are set up beside giant piles of intentionally stacked tinder piles waiting to catch a spark . In my opinion they have already been there for too long .

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