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City's emergency reception centre will remain open into mid-September

The McArthur Island centre continues to host about 200 wildfire evacuees.
Sparks Lake ESS
Smoke rises from the Sparks Lake wildfire, which began approximately 40 kilometres northwest of Kamloops, behind the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, where evacuees from the fire are settling in. This photo was taken on June 30, 2021. Since then, smoke from that massive fire has permeated the city.

The City of Kamloops’ emergency support services (ESS) continues to host about 200 wildfire evacuees and the emergency reception centre at the McArthur Island Sports Complex will be in use for about two more weeks.

City chief administrative officer David Trawin provided another wildfire update to city council this week, noting cooler weather and recent rains have led to fires surrounding Kamloops no longer being a threat to the city.

Resources requested are now being returned to the province.

During the last wildfire update on Aug. 17, Trawin noted ESS was assisting some 3,000 wildfire evacuees.

To date, Trawin said, ESS volunteers have logged more than 12,000 hours of work at the centre.

Come mid-September, he said, some ESS staff will aid the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s resiliency centre for TNRD residents who have lost their homes to fire this summer.

“We are definitely winding down, but there’s still some work to go over the next month,” Trawin said.

As of Sept. 1, there are 70 wildfires still active in the Kamloops Fire Centre — the most of any region in B.C. Since April 1, across the province, 1,563 wildfires have burned 865,299 hectares of land.