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150 more properties on evacuation alert as fire northwest of Kamloops keeps growing

The Sparks Lake wildfire grew to an estimated 23 square kilometres around 10:30 p.m., June 29, 2021.
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June 30, 2021 - 8:04 AM

An evacuation alert has expanded to include 150 properties northwest of Kamloops Tuesday night as the Sparks Lake wildfire grew to 23 square kilometres before 10:30 p.m.

The wildfire remains out of control, with 47 firefighters attacking the blaze on Tuesday and assistance from six helicopters and six pieces of heavy equipment, according to B.C. Wildfire Service.

Twenty firefighters remained at the scene overnight. Helicopter bucketing was hampered by the hot weather because they kept overheating, the wildfire service said.

The evacuation alert was issued at 11 p.m., June 29, to Electoral Area "J" in the Thompson Nicola Regional District, which includes 150 properties in the Deadman, Red Lake, Tranquille Valley and Vidette Lake areas.

The alert in Thompson Nicola Regional District Electoral Area "J" follows an evacuation order issued to ten properties near Red Lake on Tuesday afternoon.

As smoke remains visible to Kamloops and surrounding communities, it's beginning to spread into the city, but the air quality index rating remains at a 3. However, the province has alerted community members to expect changes in the coming days.

The following properties have been alerted to prepare for a potential evacuation:

Deadman

6385 Deadman-Cache Creek Rd
3653 to 7135 Deadman-Vidette Rd

Red Lake

3328 to 3988 Copper Creek Rd
4000 Leblond Rd
3401 to 3433 McBride Rd
3385 to 3493 Red Lake Dr
3453 to 3473 Strom Rd
8088 and 8092 Tranquille Criss Creek Rd

Tranquille Valley

7900 and 8185 Seven Lakes Rd
4595 to 8660 Tranquille Criss Creek Rd

Vidette Lake

7888 and 8396 Clinton-Upper Loon Lake Forest Service Rd
7824 to 10020 Deadman-Vidette Rd

See here for the regional district's interactive evacuation status map.

See here for details on the regional district's current emergencies.


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