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Princeton fire still out of control, but no new homes threatened today

July 09, 2017 - 12:16 PM

PRINCETON — The wildfire north of Princeton in southern B.C. is still out of control, but isn’t threatening any new properties.

At an estimated 1,500 hectares it’s one of the larger fires the B.C. Wildfire Service is combating today, July 9. So far 60 homes have been evacuated, according to the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen. Another 428 properties are on alert. Both the evacuation alert and order were issued on Friday, no new addresses have been added.

The area under an evacuation alert includes the rural communities of Erris and Missezula Lake. It also includes homes on the section of Highway 5A between Princeton and Aspen Grove, which has been closed according to DriveBC, and the Princeton-Summerland Road. 

An emergency reception centre has been set up in Princeton at the Riverside Community Centre at 148 Old Hedley Rd.

Dozens of provincial firefighters are on the scene along with air support.

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