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Evacuation alert for Kamloops rescinded

The Tremont Creek wildfire within Logan Lake, Aug. 14, 2021.
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August 17, 2021 - 12:16 PM

The City of Kamloops has rescinded an evacuation alert issued over the weekend as there is no longer an imminent risk to the city from the Tremont Creek wildfire.

At 7 p.m., Aug 15, the City of Kamloops issued the alert to the Iron Mask, Pineview and Versatile Industrial Park. The evacuation alert was rescinded at 11 a.m., Aug. 17, based on advice from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

The wildfire service continues their efforts to contain the Tremont Creek wildfire as it remains active on its northeast flank, south of Cherry Creek.

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Wildfire crews were aided with rain on Monday, which varied between 11 and 27 millimetres in different areas of the blaze. The combination of rain, increased humidity and lower temperatures have offered a reprieve from some of the more aggressive fire activity at Tremont Creek.

"Things can always change so we'll certainly take advantage of the respite we have today to focus on our objectives and reassess where necessary," fire information officer Erin Bull said. "In coming days there's potential increases in temperatures, which will be more seasonable temperatures later in the week."

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Fire guards are currently being built south of Cherry Creek, while ground crews continue mop up efforts around Logan Lake. Of the 104 structure protection personnel being shared among the Sparks Lake wildfire complex, some are assigned to the Tremont Creek wildfire, which has crews stationed in Cherry Creek, Paska Lake and Face Lake areas.

The wildfire service currently has 60 firefighters assigned to Tremont Creek, with 10 helicopters and 37 pieces of heavy equipment. 

The blaze is estimated to cover 63,980 hectares southwest of Kamloops.

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