KAMLOOPS — Favourable weather conditions have allowed the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to rescind more evacuation orders related to the Elephant Hill wildfire.
Effective immediately, property owners west of Eagan Lake and in the Sharpe Lake and Deadman-Vidette areas can return home and at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon residents in the South Green Lake area can follow suit.
Debbie Sell, information officer with the TNRD Emergency Operations Centre, said both areas are heavily populated and noted the lifting of the order is a long time coming.
"Some of them (evacuation orders) came on at different times but they've (residents) been out, for some of them, close to six weeks. So, it's been quite a while and we're really pleased that they're able to get back now that it's safe to do so."
That's not to say the fire threat is no longer present in the region.
"Correct. It's still considered out of control and it's still, according to the BC Wildfire Service, not contained," she said. "It's still an active fire, crews are still putting out hot spots and we still have some properties that remain on evacuation order because they're still in an active fire area."
Sell said the decision to lift the evacuation orders will be felt at their EOC in Kamloops.
"Oh, for sure. We had a lot of people we were providing service to. People from the South Green Lake area and so today our EOC hours are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. But we've noticed the need for those services has changed dramatically. We'll make another assessment today," she said, while admitting they're now winding down their services. "Yes, it really has been winding down. It felt like as soon as the cooler weather came, there was this big decrease in the feeling of intensity and the intensity of the emergency. So, we're seeing the light at the end of the tunnel."
The addresses in Sharpe Lake and Deadman-Vidette area no longer on evacuation order are:
West of Eagan Lake:
- 6385 & 7665 Eagan Lake Road
Sharpe Lake area:
- 7550, 7660, 7900 Bonaparte-Young Lake Forest Service Road
- 7700 Eagan Lake Road, 1885, 2220, 3050 Eagan-Bonaparte Lake FSR, 7480, 7380, 7381 North Bonaparte Road
- 8233 Sharpe Lake Access No 1 Road
- 1780 to 2265 Sharpe Lake Road, 1820, 1861 to 1885 Taylor Road
- 7888, 8396 Clinton-Upper Loon Lake Forest Service Road
- 7824 to 10020 Deadman-Vidette Road
The addresses in the South Green Lake area that will no longer be under evacuation order effective at 3 p.m. today are:
- 83 to 109 Boulder Place
- 81 to 1400 Green Lake South Road
- 3640, 3673,3677, 3693, 3741, 3828, 3980, 4000, 4100, 4110, 4385, 4700 North Bonaparte Road
- 1 to 23 Point Road
- 115 to 169 South Crest Road
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