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Squamish Fire Update

Squamish Fire is now 100% contained, but remains active. Squamish Fire Rescue with continued support from Vancouver and Whistler fire crews continue to battle the fire. The pier on the south end is collapsing into the water, providing the fire boat with an advantage to access the fire. 

Ministry of Environment, working together with District of Squamish, Squamish Nation, Vancouver Coastal Health and Squamish Terminals, is leading environmental protection of affected areas including placing booms to protect habitat from fire debris.

Thank-you to all for continuing to respect the water restriction which was implemented today as a precaution to maintain adequate fire flow; this has made a difference on-site and water supply has been maintained.

Residents and visitors are asked not to access beach areas at the Oceanfront (Nexen), the wind sports spit, and on the Mamquam Blind Channel due to potential fire debris hazards.

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Squamish.ca site reveals new look, improved functionality, Mayor’s Blog

Beginning today, squamish.ca has a brand new look. The District of Squamish has just unveiled a “refreshed” website to reflect its new brand. The site, which went live earlier today, was updated to improve user functionality on the homepage and provide increased opportunities for engagement and transparency. Read More

BC Day hours of operations

For the BC Day holiday, Monday, August 3, the District's hours of operation are as follows: Read More

Environmental Task Force safeguards sensitive areas during 2015 Squamish Valley Music Festival

An environmental task force has identified the most vulnerable environmental areas within the vicinity of the Squamish Valley Music Festival and is ready to protect these areas from the influx when the festival kicks off next week. The plan is ready for implementation, as festival goers get set to arrive Thursday. Read More

Council 4-year Strategic Plan adopted

On Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Council unanimously adopted the 2015 to 2018 Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan forms the starting point for the work plans during this Council's term and beyond. The plan charts a philosophical and action-oriented course for the next four-plus years . It's a “living” document designed to be forward thinking and progressive.  Read More

Change in staff leadership at District of Squamish

The District of Squamish is undergoing a change in its staff leadership. Council has decided to move in a new strategic direction/yourgovernment/projects-and-initiatives/2015-to-2018-strategic-plan/ and is in the process of mutually concluding Corien Becker’s employment with the District. Ms. Becker has acted as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) since June 2012. Council thanks Ms. Becker for her service and wishes her well in her future endeavours. Read More

Squamish Valley Music Festival hosts annual job fair

The hottest live music event of the summer, Virgin Mobile Presents Squamish Valley Music Festival, is now hiring! The Festival will be searching for qualified candidates to fill a number of important paid employment positions when it hosts its second annual Job Fair on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Squamish Adventure Centre. Read More

High risk construction activities banned within 10 metres of forest interface

Effective immediately, all High Risk construction and maintenance activities are banned within 10 metres of the forest interface due to the Extreme fire hazard. All other High Risk work requires a minimum two-hour fire watch after construction ceases. Read More

Sea to Sky air quality concerns continue

*VCH release: July 8, 2015:* Read More

Connect with BCWildfire.ca for up-to-date wildfire information

The Province of BC's Wildfire Management Branch website[http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp] provides the most up-to-date information on wildfires of note burning in British Columbia, including the wildfires that are contributing to smoky conditions and deteriorating air quality in Squamish. Read More

WILDFIRE SMOKE ADVISORY IN EFFECT

July 6, 2015 – Sea-to-Sky Corridor - The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority has issued a Wildfire Smoke Advisory for the Sea-to-Sky Corridor and surrounding areas because of forest fire smoke that is affecting areas from Howe Sound through Squamish and Whistler to Pemberton and surrounding areas. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change. This situation is expected to persist until meteorological conditions change. Read More

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