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Evacuation alerts for properties threatened by the Elephant Hill wildfire

This still is taken from a film shot by Mastermind Studios that shows damage in the Loon Lake area from the Elephant Hill wildfire.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/The Thompson-Nicola Regional District

KAMLOOPS - The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued evacuation alerts because the Elephant Hill Wildfire continues to threaten people and property.

An evacuation alert has been issued for areas near the Elephant Hill Wildfire, according to a Thompson-Nicola Regional District release issued today, Sept 17.

The following properties have been issued evacuation alerts:

  • 4989 North Bonaparte Road
  • 2345 Bluegoose Road
  • 5564 to 5588 Green Lake-Jim Lake FSR.
  • 3480 to 3700 Little Green Lake Road
  • 6820 Lost Valley Road
  • 2440 McMahon Road
  • 1605 Boule-Young Lake Road
  • 5885 Clinton-Upper Loon Lake FSR
  • 280 Eagan-Bonaparte Lake FSR

"Crews are making good progress on the Elephant Hill Wildfire," says B.C. Wildfire Service Information Officer Erin Catherall. 

As of afternoon, there are no evacuation orders in place, however, there are alters in place for this fire Catherall says.

B.C. Wildfire Service wants the public to know that they continue to have an area restriction in effect which restricts access to crown land. They don't want the public to go out into the black, which are burnt areas. Catherall says it is "because there is a risk of danger trees." The wildfire has affected the root systems and other parts of the trees so they can easily fall with strong winds.

When an evacuation alert is in effect, The Thompson-Nicola Regional District states people should do the following:

  • Locate all family members and be prepared to evacuate your residence and property to an identified safe reception centre.
  • Gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (insurance), photographs and immediate care needs for dependents.
  • Prepare to move any disabled persons and children.
  • Collect pets and pet needs.
  • If possible, move livestock to a safe area.

If you require more information contact the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Emergency Operations Centre at 1-866-377-7188.

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