The growing White Rock Lake wildfire near Westwold, southeast of Kamloops, has led to a new evacuation order for properties south of addresses already under an evacuation order.
The evacuation orders and alerts for the area can be seen on the attached map.
Those living within the areas of the evacuation order must leave immediately.
Affected residents can call the TNRD Emergency Operations Centre at 1-866-377- 7188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fire, which was discovered on July 13, is out of control and has grown to an estimated 12,500 hectares.
The BC Wildfire Service said fire behaviour increased significantly on Sunday due to elevated temperatures and increased southwest winds. The aggressive fire behaviour led to growth to the northwest in the Sawmill Lake and Jimmy Lake areas and produced a large column of smoke. The increased fire activity is expected to continue in the coming days as hot, dry and windy conditions will persist, with no precipitation anticipated in the near future.
More structural protection units have been requested and a task force of fire engines will be patrolling and actioning hotspots in an effort to protect properties and high-value assets. Air tankers may continue to be used to apply retardant to the fire if conditions allow. The BC Wildfire Service said this is done to help slow the spread of the fire and create time and space for equipment and crews to safely build guard lines ahead of the fire.
A fire camp is now set up at the Salmon Lake Resort and will include 100 firefighters and 12 support staff from Quebec, who arrived on Sunday.
The BC Wildfire Service added that multiple power outages have occurred due to the smoke. As of Monday, the fire is being fought with 139 firefighters, six helicopters, 35 pieces of heavy equipment, 139 firefighters and 43 support staff.