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Another evacuation alert south of Kamloops due to White Rock Lake fire

The blaze has been burning southeast of Kamloops since July 13 and, as of Monday (Aug. 2), has grown in size to an estimated 32,000 hectares.
White Rock lake fire evac

Another evacuation alert has been issued by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District in connection to the White Rock Lake wildfire.

The blaze has been burning southeast of Kamloops since July 13 and, as of Monday (Aug. 2), has grown in size to an estimated 32,000 hectares.

The latest evacuation alert applies to 76 addressed properties:

• 12480 Douglas Lake Rd;

• 9140 Fraser Rd;

• 4920 Lauder Rd to 5420 Lauder Rd;

• 5091 Northcott Rd to 5127 Northcott Rd;

• 7160 and 7200 Roche Lake Rd;

• 7000 Smith Lake FSR;

• 4570 Wildwood Rd to 4621 Wildwood Rd; and any properties with the boundary outlined on the attached map.

To date, the TNRD has issued evacuation orders for 85 properties and evacuation alerts for another 576 properties. In addition, neighbouring regional districts and First Nations have issued their own evacuation alerts and orders.

The BC Wildfire Service said extremely smoky conditions continue to hamper the ability for aircraft to fly and is challenging suppression efforts.

On a more positive note, the service said rain on Sunday helped the northern areas on the fire in the Westwold area, which received up to 10 millimetres of rain, which was enough to provide a reprieve from fire behaviour over the next 24 to 48 hours.

But the southern part of the fire, where blaze behaviour is quite active, received minimal precipitation.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the mid-20s. Winds will be in the 10 to 20 km/hr range, with gusts up to 30 km/hr in the afternoon.

White Rock lake fire evac