Things looking better on the wildfire front today

By Doug Collins
August 26, 2017 - 2:32pm

KAMLOOPS — While several wildfires continue to cause concern in the province, there are some signs that the serious threats of a few weeks ago are winding down a bit.

The TNRD's Evacuee Reception Centre has scaled back its hours as the number of evacuees in this area continues to decline. The Centre, located  at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops,  will open tomorrow from 10-noon, be closed Monday, open from 10-noon Tuesday, and closed Wednesday and Thursday. The ESS says it will continue to monitor the situation and could expand hours should the situation change. 

The all clear has been given for Clinton and Cache Creek, removing wildfire alerts and the alert status has also been removed for 74 properties in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District near Pavilion and Kelly Lakes. An alert for parts of the Bonaparte Plateau and the Deadman Vidette has been partially rescinded. For more, click on the Wildfire News button at the top right hand corner of this page.

The B.C. Wildfire Service and the Emergency Management office of the provincial government have also scaled down their daily phone updates to the media of the province. The calls will now take place only three times a week, unless the situation worsens. 

One fire that is still of concern is the fire at Joe Rich east of Kelowna. The fire hasn't grown much, but the evacuation order is still in effect. Power has been restored to a number of properties, but property owners are still largely out of their homes. Another reassessment will be made later today. Structural protection crews are still on scene, but there have been no reports of any structure fires so far. Highway 33 was still closed this afternoon from the Kelowna boundary to the Big White Road. 

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