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UPDATE: Spallumcheen emergency operation centre standing down

Smoke from the Patterson Creek fire in Spallumcheen could be seen from Highway 97 A on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
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SPALLUMCHEEN - Fire crews are making steady progress on a wildfire that broke out yesterday in Spallumcheen, prompting the Emergency Operations Centre to stand down.

The Township of Spallumcheen says in a 3 p.m. information bulletin the interface wildfire situation is stable and the Emergency Operations Centre is standing down for the weekend, pending any changes in the status of the fire. 

"Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire throughout the weekend," the Township says.

An evacuation alert for roughly 200 homes was rescinded as of noon on Friday. 

"The fire crews have managed to create a machine guard around 98 per cent of the fire and wet lines are around the entire perimeter of the fire," the Township said in a 12 p.m. release. "Local fire crews, with the aid of B.C. Wildfire members, are continuing to monitor and battle the fire and will continue to issue updates as information becomes available."

The Patterson Creek wildfire broke out Thursday afternoon and is holding at an estimated 4.3 hectares. 

“Fire Crews will continue to battle the fire today and are making excellent progress on the fuel guard,” the Township said Friday morning. 

The fire, which is burning on the hillside east of Highway 97A, did not grow overnight, according to the Township. 

Shortly before 10 a.m. Friday, B.C. Wildfire information officer Jody Lucius said the fire was being held, which means that with current suppression efforts and weather conditions the fire is not expected to grow beyond its boundaries. B.C. Wildfire currently has six firefighters and two fire origin and cause personnel on site. No cause has been determined yet.

An earlier evacuation alert for the following areas was rescinded as of 12 p.m. Aug. 11: Twin Firs Mobile Home Park, Eagle Rock Mobile Home Park, Belva’s Mobile Home Park, Meadow Ridge Mobile Home Park, McLennan Road and Keddleston Road.

To ensure the safety of local residents and firefighting crews, Hutley Road South remains closed to all traffic until further notice, the Township says. Hutley Road North and Head Road continue to be local traffic only. RCMP patrols will be in the area.

Evacuation alerts and road information can change quickly. Go here for the latest information from the Township.

— This story was updated at 9:56 a.m. Aug. 11, 2017 to add new information from the B.C. Wildfire Service. 

— This story was updated at 12:15 p.m. Aug. 11, 2017 to say the evacuation alert was rescinded. 

— This story was updated ay 3:15 p.m. Aug. 11, 2017 to say the Emergency Operation Centre is standing down. 

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