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More evacuation orders for properties around Little Fort as group of fires passes 1,200 hectares

July 09, 2017 - 11:07 AM

KAMLOOPS – New evacuation orders have been issued as blazes near Little Fort have grown.

The three fires combined no cover more than 1,200 hectares around Thuya Lakes and Dunn Lake north of Kamloops, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service. While no structures have been affected, new evacuation orders were issued last night for 22 properties.

• 285, 372 and 380 Bradshaw Road
• 2261, 2276, 2292, 2300, 2358, 2359, 2474, 2476, 2600, 2820, 2940, 2977, 3041, 3085, 3400 and 3242 Dunn Lake Road
• 2560, 2745 and 2790 McCarthy Creek Road.

Theses are in addition to evacuation orders issued July 7.

The B.C. Wildfire Service website currently estimates the Thuya Lakes fire to be 315 hectares. The pair of fires north and west of Dunn Lake are estimated to be a combined 897 hectares. Because they’re so close together the Dunn Lake fires are being treated as one fire, and may have become a single fire.

Visibility is poor near the fire, which is hampering efforts. Helicopters and ground crew are on scene.

Highway 5 north of Kamloops is still open according to DriveBC, but there are warnings for low visibility due to smoke between Barriere and Clearwater. A similar warning has been posted for Highway 24 near Little Fort.

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