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Resiliency centre opens, 17 residences still on evacuation alert for Princeton fire

Highway 5A has reopened from Summers Creek Road to McCaffrey Lake today, July 24, 2017.
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July 24, 2017 - 5:17 PM

PENTICTON - The regional district reports today services for Princeton wildfire evacuees have moved from the Riverside Community Centre to a resiliency centre at the Princeton Senior Citizens Centre, 162 Angela Avenue.

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen Communications Officer Cameron Baughen says the resilience centre is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

A Canadian Red Cross representative will be at the centre later in the week to assist with access support.

The resiliency centre can be reached at 250-295-7515.

Seventeen homes remain on mandatory evacuation order along the south end of Summers Creek Road, as the wildfire continues to burn in the area.

Wildfire crews are continuing daily monitoring of the area and do not as yet have an estimate as to when the area will reopen.

Residents still in need of support services can call 250-295-0202 for assistance.

The B.C. Wildfire Service reports today, Monday, July 24 the Princeton wildfire is holding at 3,300 hectares, now 100 per cent contained.

The still active fire is being worked by 118 firefighters and five helicopters.

Drive B.C. reports Highway 5A has reopened from Summers Creek Road eight kilometres north of Princeton to McCaffrey Lake. Motorists are advised to watch for rocks and debris on the roadway, reduce speed and drive with caution.

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