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Skeetchestn First Nation evacuated due to Elephant Hill fire

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SKEETCHESTN - As winds blow the Elephant Hill fire south, Skeetchestn First Nation has ordered an evacuation for their reserve.

B.C. Wildfire information officer Heather Rice says crews are having challenges in the southeast corner of the Elephant Hill fire due to winds blowing the blaze south.

"Winds are blowing quite strongly," Rice said.

Skeetchestn First Nation posted on its Facebook page today, Aug. 4, an evacuation order which said council declared a local state of emergency due to wildfire threats.

Evacuees from Skeetchestn Indian Reserve Lands are encouraged to go to Kamloops' Sandman Centre evacuation centre and register.

The Elephant Hill Fire, estimated at nearly 94,000 hectares, is approximately 18 kilometres west of Savona.

Drive B.C. has issued a highway closure for Highway 1 four kilometres west of Savona.

Highway closures and evacuation orders and alerts can change at a moment's notice. For the latest information on evacuations go here.

For up to date highway closures and detours, follow @DriveBC on Twitter or go here.

Call *5555 from a cell phone to report a wildfire or 1 800-663-5555.

Find the latest information on the Elephant Hill fire here.

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