Ashcroft wildfire now 4,000 hectares, out of control

By James Peters
July 7, 2017 - 11:45am Updated: July 7, 2017 - 9:54pm

ASHCROFT, B.C. — A wildfire that sprang up near Ashcroft last night has now grown in size to an estimated 4,000 hectares or 40km².

Fire Information Officer Justine Hunse says buildings have been burned by the blaze, and dozens of firefighters are working to establish some control.

Hunse adds tactical evacuations have been undertaken.

The wildfire broke out on the Ashcroft Reserve, between the Trans Canada Highway and Cornwall Road.

The blaze has caused highway closures in the Ashcroft-Cache Creek area, and a major power outage as well.

The Trans Canada Highway is closed off in both directions between Ashcroft and Cache Creek to allow crews to respond to the fire, and Highway 97C is closed in Ashcroft as well.

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