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Evacuated since Friday, Cache Creek residents can go home tomorrow

This photo of the Ashcroft wildfire was posted to Twitter by user Coquihalla warrior around 1:30 p.m. today July 7, 2017.
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July 17, 2017 - 3:27 PM

CACHE CREEK – Residents of Cache Creek will be allowed to return home tomorrow, despite a nearby fire that still burns out of control.

Effective 3 p.m. tomorrow, July 18, residents of the Village of Cache Creek will remain on Evacuation Alert, but will be given access to their homes and businesses.

They were evacuated on Friday, July 7, with many making their way to the Emergency Reception Centre in Kamloops.

A media release from EOC information officer Debbie Sell says the Ashcroft fire “continues to grow and burn out of control,” but the immediate threat posed to Cache Creek has diminished.

“Residents must be prepared to leave at any time,” Sell says in the release. “Residents will be given as much advance warning as possible prior to the evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.”

For those living outside city limits, properties continue to be assessed to determine which, if any, can be removed from the existing evacuation orders.  A separate notice for these properties will be issued once areas are determined to be safe for re-entry.

Before returning home, residents should read the information packages available online here.

They will also be available for residents returning home when they pass through the RCMP checkpoints as well.

Buses are also being provided to transport residents back home. The bus will be at the Thompson Rivers University at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18 for residents.

For the very latest information go to the Regional District Emergency Operations website.

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