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Wildfire near Ashcroft grows to 4,000 hectares in size

The Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft, July 14, 2021.
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July 17, 2021 - 9:40 AM

A wildfire burning to the south of Ashcroft has significantly grown to 4,000 hectares.

The Tremont Creek wildfire is located roughly 8.5 kilometres southeast of the town and is currently classified as out of control. It was listed as 2,100 hectares in size yesterday morning, July 16.

“Hot and dry conditions in combination with strong winds continue to influence fire activity on site,” according to the latest update this morning, July 17, from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

“Yesterday afternoon when winds increased, the subsequent increase in fire behavior resulted in the heavy equipment being pulled back for safety.”

Heavy equipment will continue working to establish a machine guard around the fire and will be used to establish control lines while crews will be coming in behind to reinforce the control lines, according to the service.

Crews worked throughout the night to secure lines. 

Structure protection teams are also on site again today with 22 firefighters, five helicopters and seven pieces of heavy equipment.

The Ashcroft Indian Band and the Village of Ashcroft have issued Evacuation Alerts as a precautionary measure.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has upgraded the Evacuation Alert to an Order for 50 properties in Electoral Area "I" Blue Sky Country near Barnes Lake. They have also issued an evacuation alert for 675 properties in Electoral Area I Blue Sky Country and Electoral Area J Copper Desert Country.

For the latest on evacuation alerts and orders, go here. 

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