Evacuations orders expand North of Cache Creek

By James Peters
July 8, 2017 - 3:28pm Updated: July 8, 2017 - 4:49pm

CACHE CREEK, B.C. — The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has expanded an evacuation order around the wildfire ravaging the Ashcroft-Cache Creek area.

The expanded order includes 86 more properties north of the community, all the way up toward the Bonaparte Indian Reserve.

Evacuees are asked to register at the emergency reception centre at McArthur Island in Kamloops.

The latest estimate on the size of Ashcroft Reserve fire remains at 4,000 hectares, though officials admit it is hard to tell due to the amount of smoke in the air.

Poor visibility is also hampering attempts to determine how many properties have been lost, though TNRD officials say it is at least several dozen.

The Trans Canada Highway is closed in the area of Cache Creek, as well as Highway 97 between Cache Creek and Clinton.

INFO: BC Wildfire website / phone numbers

WATCH BELOW: Todd Stone speaks with CFJC Today at our Kamloops Broadcast Centre

Threat remains in Cariboo after scores of fire starts