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iN PHOTOS: B.C. wildfire rips through Ashcroft mobile home park

RCMP are stationed at the entrance of the Boston Flats trailer park.
July 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

CACHE CREEK – The Ashcroft Reserve wildfire has left total destruction behind in the Boston Flats Community Estates trailer park. 

The mobile home park between Cache Creek and Ashcroft is reduced to charred rubble with burned out vehicles and only a few structures still standing.

RCMP are stopping traffic from entering Cache Creek and the only motorists travelling the deserted roads have police escorts.

B.C. Wildfire information officer Mike McCulley says it's hard to pinpoint, but the fire likely tore through the Boston Flats trailer park late Thursday, July 6 or early Friday morning, July 7.

He says the fire spread over several kilometres in a matter of hours because of aggressive winds and volatile fire fuels in the area.

The Sage & Sands trailer park was spared, but some homes, patches of sagebrush and areas of the road are coated in bright red fire retardant.

McCulley says there are more than 120 ground crew members working on the more than 10,000 hectare Ashcroft Reserve wildfire today, July 11, and more will arrive tonight.

A few vehicles drove through Cache Creek with police escorts close behind.
A few vehicles drove through Cache Creek with police escorts close behind.

Smoke from the Ashcroft Reserve fire fills the skies in Cache Creek on July 11, 2017.
Smoke from the Ashcroft Reserve fire fills the skies in Cache Creek on July 11, 2017.

Fire retardant coats much of the landscape in Cache Creek from the Ashcroft Reserve Fire.
Fire retardant coats much of the landscape in Cache Creek from the Ashcroft Reserve Fire.

The Boston Flats trailer park was reduced to rubble after the Ashcroft Reserve fire.
The Boston Flats trailer park was reduced to rubble after the Ashcroft Reserve fire.

No one is allowed in to the Boston Flats trailer park after the blaze.
No one is allowed in to the Boston Flats trailer park after the blaze.

B.C. Wildfire crews are working with B.C. Hydro to address downed power lines in the Cache Creek area.
B.C. Wildfire crews are working with B.C. Hydro to address downed power lines in the Cache Creek area.

No one is allowed to access the Boston Flats trailer park.
No one is allowed to access the Boston Flats trailer park.

Large areas of the sagebrush in Cache Creek is covered in fire retardant.
Large areas of the sagebrush in Cache Creek is covered in fire retardant.

Cache Creek mayor John Ranta stands in front of the Boston Flats trailer park on July 11, 2017.
Cache Creek mayor John Ranta stands in front of the Boston Flats trailer park on July 11, 2017.

Officers are stationed at the entrance of the Boston Flats trailer park and are stopping anyone from trying to enter the scene.
Officers are stationed at the entrance of the Boston Flats trailer park and are stopping anyone from trying to enter the scene.

Several helicopters were in operation near the Boston Flats trailer park.
Several helicopters were in operation near the Boston Flats trailer park.

Smoke from the Ashcroft Reserve fire has contributed to very poor air quality in Kamloops and surrounding areas.
Smoke from the Ashcroft Reserve fire has contributed to very poor air quality in Kamloops and surrounding areas.

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