The White Rock Lake fire burning south of Westwold has put Monte Creek and Barnhartvale and other surrounding properties on evacuation alert.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation alert for 277 properties in Electoral Area L (Grasslands).
An online statement, issued by the City of Kamloops after 1:15 p.m., said the municipality is aware the TNRD has issued an evacuation alert for the White Rock Lake Fire that extends up to the southeast city boundary near Barnhartvale and, at this point, the fire is not a threat to Kamloops.
“BC Wildfire is monitoring the fire and will notify the City if it becomes a threat. We will post updates if the situation changes,” the city’s statement read.
Because of the wildfire activity in the vicinity of Westwold/Monte Lake in Electoral Area L, the TNRD has issued an Evacuation Alert effective at 1300 hrs on July 27, 2021 for the following 277 addresses:
- 2, 10, 515 and 525 Barnhartvale Rd;
- 1048 to 2179 Barnhartvale Rd;
- 9760 and 9940 Barnhartvale Rd;
- 1524 to 1659 Bostock Rd;
- 3461 to 5165 Campbell Range Rd;
- 3864 to 4745 Chase-Falkland Rd;
- 956 to 2160 Dallas Dr;
- 4545 to 4585 Demarni Rd;
- 3941 Duck Range Rd;
- 6265 to 6325 Eden Rd;
- 6828 to 6910 Faulk Rd;
- 3342 to 3625 Garrett Rd;
- 4080 to 4195 Gowan Rd;
- 2881 and 2930 Hanna Rd;
- 9052 to 9710 Hidden Vale Ranch Rd;
- 1257 to 2547 Hook Rd;
- 2600 to 2832 Hwy 97;
- 6459 to 6780 Karjula Rd;
- 1677 to 1685 Lute Rd;
- 3880 to 3946 Maddox Rd;
- 6725 to 6888 Martin Prairie Rd;
- 4620 Martinson Rd;
- 2412 to 2776 Miners Bluff Rd;
- 1534 to 1760 Monte Creek Rd;
- 4705 Moore-Richardson Rd;
- 4139 to 4523 Moser Rd;
- 6585 to 6940 Paxton Valley Rd;
- 2280 to 6080 Robbins Range Rd;
- 4845 Sinclair Rd;
- 1121 to 1655 Watson-Larson Rd;
- any properties with the boundary outlined on the attached map.
Evacuation alerts are also in place for properties near Monte Lake and Pillar Lake south of Pritchard.
Meanwhile evacuation orders have been issued in Area L for multiple properties south of Westwold and north and east of the White Rock Lake fire line. Alerts are also in place south and east of the fire.
To view the latest evacuation orders and maps go HERE
Accoridng to the BC Wildfire Service, as of about 2 p.m. Tuesday (July 27) the White Rock Lake wildfire is now nearly 18,000 hectares, and fire activity has increased significantly in the last few days due to warm termperatures and increased southwest winds.
The aggressive fire has grown northwest past Jimmy Lake, producing large colums of smoke. Increased fire activity is expected over the next few days with hot, dry and windy conditions with no rain is anticipated.
People under evacuation alert should locate all family members and designate a meeting area outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation order be called while separated.
Pack essential items such as government-issued ID, medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (e.g. insurance, credit, and mortgage information), immediate care needs for dependents and, if time and space permits, keepsakes for quick departure. Prepare to move disabled persons, children and/or neighbours, if assistance is needed, and prepare to take pets with you and move livestock to a safe area (if possible). Arrange transportation for all your household members.
Fill the gas tanks of personal vehicles and arrange accommodation for all members of the residence, if possible. Residents under alert should wait for an Evacuation Order to be issued before evacuating. Monitor for information on evacuation orders and location of Reception Centres.
If you are in an area under evacuation order, you must leave immediately.
There is a critical shortage of commercial accommodations in Kamloops and throughout the region. If your primary residence has been evacuated, the TNRD recommends that you arrange to stay with friends or family. Displaced residents can access other Emergency Support Services (for meals and other necessities) by reporting to the McArthur Island Sports Centre located at 1655 Island Parkway in Kamloops between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
If you cannot stay with friends or family report to the Emergency Services Reception Centre located at Prestige Harbourfront Resort located at 251 Harbourfront Drive NW, Salmon Arm, BC.
Evacuees can assist the registration process by self-registering ahead of time using the Evacuee Registration & Assistance (ERA) Tool at: https://ess.gov.bc.ca/ or by calling the Emergency Support Services Info Line at 1-800-585-9559. You must still report to a Reception Centre to receive services
For more information contact the TNRD emergency operations centre at 250-377-7188, or toll free at 1-866-377-7188 or email at email@example.com