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UPDATE: Evacuation orders for Cache Creek as Ashcroft wildfire approaches

This photo of the Ashcroft wildfire was posted to Twitter by user coquihalla warrior around 1:30 p.m. today July 7, 2017.
Image Credit: TWITTER/@theofaber
July 07, 2017 - 4:25 PM

ASHCROFT - A rapidly developing 700-hectare wildfire is burning about two kilometres from the village of Ashcroft, west of Kamloops and everyone in Cache Creek is under evacuation order. 

Ashcroft and Hat Creek, Lytton, Walhachin and Spences Bridge are under a state of local emergency, according to a release from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

An emergency centre is set up at McArthur Island Sports Lounge at 1665 Island Parkway in Kamloops.

The wildfire is threatening homes and B.C. Wildfire crews are performing tactical evacuations, fire information officer Jody Lucius says.

The fire is estimated at 700 hectares and Lucius says the hot weather isn't helping.

"Certainly the hot and dry weather always means a lot of forest fire fuels are susceptible to catching fire," she says.

Highway 1 and Highway 97C are closed in both directions, according to Drive B.C. The Okanagan Connector is closed from Government Street in Ashcroft to Highway 1, while the Trans Canada is closed from Ashcroft to Cache Creek.

For the latest updates on the highway closures go to the Drive B.C. website.

Contact the TNRD emergency operations centre at 1-866-377-7188.

— This story was updated at 1:11 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2017 to include new information.


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