An evacuation order has been downgraded to an alert for residents of 166 properties in Electoral Area J (Copper Desert Country) of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) impacted by the Durand Lake wildfire burning southwest of Kamloops.
Under the downgrade those residents can return home, but must still be ready to leave at a moment’s notice should conditions warrant it.
The alert is in effect for properties 4704 to 4792 Atwater Rd., 4700 to 4870 Mile High Lane, 4812 to 4897 Paska Lake Rd., 4730 to 4890 Pine Ridge Way and 4830 to 4860 Saddle Cres. The alert is also in place for another 71 properties — 9273 to 9437 Dominic Lake Forest Service Rd., 4445 Greenstone Rd. and 2380 to 5625 Tunkwa Lake Rd.
An evacuation order is still in effect for an area northwest of Greenstone Mountain Park.
As of Wednesday afternoon at the Durand Lake wildfire about 25 kilometres southwest of Kamloops near Greenstone Mountain, crews managed to establish a 100 per cent fire guard using heavy equipment. Air tankers and helicopters are also being used. That blaze is estimated at approximately 280 hectares in size.
In the event of another evacuation, residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions. People should locate all family members and designate a meeting area outside the evacuation area, 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 permits, keepsakes for quick departure. Prepare to move disabled persons, children and/or neighbours, if assistance is needed. prepare to take pets with you and move livestock to a safe area if possible. People should also arrange accommodations, transportations and fill the gas tanks of personal vehicles.
For more information visit www.bcwildfire.ca and www.tnrd.ca/emergency-services or contact the TNRD Emergency Operations Centre at 250-377-7188 or toll free at 1866-3777188.
—This story was updated from an earlier version to include an evacuation alert for another 71 properties near the Durand Lake wildfire.