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Wildfire near Ashcroft grows to more than 36,000 ha

A truck sprays fire retardant at the Tremont Creek wildfire near Ashcroft, July 22, 2021.
Image Credit: TWITTER/BC Wildfire Service
August 09, 2021 - 9:23 AM

A wildfire burning to the east of Ashcroft in the Tunkwa Provincial Park has reached 36,724 hectares.

The Tremont Creek wildfire was last listed at 30,606 ha yesterday, Aug. 8.

“The fire was extremely active on the east and north east in Tunkwa Provincial Park and is currently burning on the top of and backing down the north slope of Mount Savona. Guards are currently being built along the power lines next to Tunkwa Lake Road, down to and including Haywood Farmer Road,” according to the B.C. Wildfire Service’s latest update, Aug. 9.

The northern flank of the fire continues to show minimal fire activity, according to the service, and crews will be patrolling for hot spots on the west and north flanks today.

Evacuation orders are in place for properties along Highway 1, along Haywood Farmer Road and Tunkwa Lake Road to the Tunkwa Provincial Park. An evacuation alert is in effect for properties east of Tunkwa Lake Road including areas of Tobiano and Six Mile Ranch.

Evacuation alerts are still in effect for the Ashcroft Indian Band and the Village of Ashcroft as well as the District of Logan Lake.

The Oregon Jack Creek Indian Band is still under an evacuation order.

For more information on evacuation orders and alerts, visit the Thompson Nicola Regional District’s website, or band and municipal websites for more information.

The wildfire service is asking Savona to monitor the fire and conditions as it is burning five kilometres away from the community.

There is currently no direct or immediate threat to the community of Logan Lake which is 13 km away from the fire.

The fire is classified as out of control.

There are 89 firefighters, seven helicopters and 35 pieces of heavy equipment on site today and resources are being shared with crews working on the Sparks Lake wildfire, north of Kamloops Lake.

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