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Wind causes the Elephant Hill fire to become more aggressive causing more evacuations.

July 30, 2017 - 8:43 AM

KAMLOOPS - Strong winds at the Elephant Hill wildfire sent embers across the containment line causing further evacuations.

On Saturday, July 29, the wildfires east of the village of Clinton has proved an ongoing challenge for firefighters because of last night's strong winds and due to the past week's hot weather. The fire's behaviour and winds have moved the fire upslope towards Clinton. Airtankers, helicopters and structural protection units through the Office of the Fire Commissioner are currently being used in attempts to extinguish the blaze, according to a press release by the B.C. Wildfire Service.

The Village of Clinton and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District expanded evacuation orders to safeguard life and property due to a recommendation from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

These evacuation orders include the Village of Clinton and north through Chasm. Evacuated residents are to travel south to Kamloops. For more information and evacuation details, visit:

Highway 97 is closed from 70 Mile House to the junction of Highway 99. For details on road conditions, click here.

 


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