UPDATE AS OF 8 A.M. ON SUNDAY, JULY 11:
The fire is now estimated at 143 hectares in size and its origin date has been changed to July 8 from July 9, though the cause remains under investigation. It remains classified as out of control.
A number of properties in the Heffley and Whitecroft area remain under evacuatlion alerts and orders.
A structural protection unit has been deployed, while 14 firefighters, four four helicopters, air tankers and heavy equipment on the ground are also in use.
UPDATE AS OF 6 P.M. ON SATURDAY, JULY 10:
The fire near Whitecroft has been renamed the Embleton Mountain fire to better reflect the geographic location, according to the BC Wildfire Service.
The fire remains out of control and has grown to 50 hectares, with aggressive fire behaviour being seen by crews fighting the flames.
The BC Wildfire Service has seven firefighters, four helicopters, air tankers and heavy equipment deployed to fight the fire and says more personnel are en route and will remain on site overnight.
A fire west of the community of Whitecroft, near Sun Peaks, is getting larger as of Saturday (July 10), with 132 properties on evacuation alert.
According to the BC Wildfire Service , the Kirton wildfire, located about 2.5 kilometres west of Cahilty Creek, west of Whitecroft, is estimated at 15 hectares in size as of 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and and is classified as out of control. There has been no word yet on cause of the fire. Smoke from the blaze can be seen from Sun Peaks and parts of Kamloops.
While crews work on the blaze, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for a number of properties:
• 7305 to 7408 Cahilty Cres;
• 3208 to 3229 Cahilty Pl;
• 7116 to 7200 Cahilty Rd;
• 2893 to 3540 Heffley-Louis Creek Rd;
• 3240 to 3260 McGillivray Creek Rd;
• 3140 Strachan Rd;
• 3220 and 3272 Sun Peaks Rd;
• 6420 to 7046 Upper Louis Creek Rd. and any other properties within the boundary noted on the attached map.
The BC Wildfire Service and Sun Peaks Fire Department are responding.
There have been 787 wildfires in British Columbia so far this season, 330 of those fires started within the last week.