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Tk’emlups te Secwepemc closes emergency operations centre

With most of the evacuation alerts and orders rescinded in the region, the band has wrapped up its EOC
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The Tk’emlups te Secwepemc has closed its emergency operations centre (EOC).

That decision was made given that most evacuation alerts and orders in the area have been rescinded, band Chief Rosanne Casimir said in a video posted to Facebook.

Thursday morning was the final meal served at the grounds and wildfire evacuees still in need of assistance are being directed to the emergency support services centre at the McArthur Island Sports Centre or the Canadian Red Cross.

Casimir thanked the volunteers.

“Your kindness and generosity have made a big difference in the lives of people who were facing such stress, feat and loss from the wildfires,” Casimir said. “Your contributions are so appreciated.” Casimir also thanks Tk’emlups band members for being community ambassadors to wildfire evacuees.

Since July the Tk’emlups band has been offering lodging, meals and an abundance of donated items to wildfire evacuees on the grounds of its tribal headquarters off Highway 5.

The closure follows the City of Kamloops closing its emergency operations centre last week as mild weather has helped reduce wildfire activity in the area.

Two of the largest and closest wildfires to Kamloops — the Sparks Lake and Tremont Creek wildfires — are now considered as being held, by the B.C. Wildfire Service.