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Disaster Date:08/18/2023

Shuswap, BC


What Happened

On August 18, 2023, the Bush Creek East Wildfire ran through the North Shuswap Region, destroying 176 structures throughout Scotch Creek, Lee Creek, and Celista. MDS is responding in the communities of Celista and Scotch Creek.

What MDS Is Doing

Scotch Creek and Celista are small towns located on the north shores of the Shuswap Lake in the Thompson Okanagan region of BC. The towns are accessed via the Squilax Bridge off Highway 1 between Chase and Sorrento and the Squilax-Anglemont Highway along the lake.

MDS is responding in the communities of Celista and Scotch Creek, rebuilding three homes and assisting with other smaller projects in the community.



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The Shuswap Lake consists of four arms, a shape reminiscent of a letter H. MDS will be working near the Shuswap arm located to the west. The other arms are Salmon Arm southwest, the Anstey Arm in the northeast and the Seymour Arm in the north.

Weekly Reports

Shuswap, B.C. – May 19-25, 2024

Twenty hardworking volunteers came to join us in the Shuswap this week. Five came from S.K. and were determined to finish framing a whole house. They had to do it a bit backwards, as the house they were hoping to frame didn’t have the basement...

Shuswap, B.C. – May 12-18, 2024

Volunteers are continuing to make progress on the house rebuild in Lytton, B.C. Wayne Drudge, Leonard Peters and Otto Neufeld from B.C. came to use their skills this week along with the rest of the crew: Todd, Rhonda and Dave. Patsy and Owen,...

Shuswap, B.C. – May 5-11, 2024

This week, the long-term volunteers switched. Excitement was in the air to achieve the week’s goal to get two floors on and some walls standing. Two floors did get put on but, on Friday at 9 am, one wall was standing when we had hoped for three. ...

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