132 properties under evacuation order due to wildfire near Sun Peaks Resort – .

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132 properties under evacuation order due to wildfire near Sun Peaks Resort – .


VANCOUVER – Residents living near an uncontrollable wildfire near the Sun Peaks Resort, northeast of Kamloops, have been ordered to evacuate.

The Embelton Mountain fire is burning 2.5 kilometers west of Cahilty Creek, according to the BC Wildfire Service. At 6 p.m. Saturday, its area was estimated at 50 hectares.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation alert for several properties in Electoral Zone P, near Whitecroft, around 6 p.m. Saturday.

By 7 p.m., the district had turned the alert into an evacuation order, meaning residents of the affected area must leave their homes until further notice due to the fire.

There are 132 properties included in the order. They include the following addresses, as well as any other property within the boundaries noted on the map published by the district.

  • 7305-7408 Cahilty Cres;
  • 3208 to 3229 Cahilty Pl;
  • 7116 to 7200 Cahilty Road;
  • 2893 to 3540 Heffley-Louis Creek Road;
  • 3240 to 3260 McGillivray Creek Road;
  • 3140, chemin Strachan ;
  • 3220 and 3272 Sun Peaks Road;
  • 6420 to 7046 Upper Louis Creek Road;

The district advises evacuees to stay with friends or family if possible. Those who do are asked to report to the McArthur Island Sports Center at 1655 Island Pkwy. in Kamloops.

Those who cannot stay with friends or family should report to the Emergency Services Reception Center at 251 Harbourfront Drive NW in Salmon Arm, B.C., the district said.

More information on the evacuation order, including numbers to call for assistance, is available on the district website.

According to the fire department, there were seven firefighters on site at 6 p.m. Saturday. There were also four helicopters, tankers and heavy equipment responding to the fire, and more personnel were on their way.

The Forest Fire Department said its crews would stay on site overnight to fight the blaze, which showed “aggressive fire behavior” and was designated as a wildfire of note.

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