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Wildfire flares up near Kamloops's Juniper neighbourhood

The Juniper fire, July 2, 2021.
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July 02, 2021 - 3:53 PM

A fire that has caused the evacuation of Kamloops residents twice last night has now flared up again, according to the city.

"The fire has flared up near east Juniper. We have established a unified command with Kamloops Fire Rescue and B.C. Wildfire to respond with all available resources, including air assets. There are currently no evacuation orders in effect," the City of Kamloops posted on Twitter.

Last night, residents were evacuated from Capilano Drive and Nechako Drive in Juniper Ridge.

The fire started July 1 after a lightning strike and caused residents to flee from their homes temporarily before firefighters got the flames under control.

READ MORE: Kamloops residents recount terrifying night of wildfire and evacuations

Earlier this afternoon, the wildfire tweeted there are now 21 personnel, air tankers and helicopters supporting the response to this fire. The air tankers and helicopters will be highly visible from Kamloops.

The fire is currently mapped at 15 hectares in size.

“There are no immediate threats to homes at the moment,” Kamloops Fire Chief Steve Robinson said in a media release. “We are hitting this with everything we can and we will remain vigilant and keep residents and the public updated throughout this event.”

He said residents may choose to stay elsewhere with family or friends.

The city has reported it has reactivated its Emergency Operations Centre in support of the interface fire.

Residents and businesses have been asked to cease all irrigation to protect water supply for the fire crews.

The Juniper dog park is also closed as it's being used by firefighters.

According to Environment Canada, the heat wave will continue over the Thompson region, north through the Cariboo to Prince George and the Peace River, as temperatures remain above 30 Celsius through the day and nighttime temperatures only as low as 14 C.

For updates, go to the City of Kamloops website here.


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