More evacuation orders, alerts due to wildfires burning near Kamloops

The White Rock Lake wildfire burning near Westwold has forced the evacuation of a number of properties south of Highway 97.

The order was issued just before 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. Properties ordered to evacuate included 5300 to 5731 Back Road, 6562 to 6580 Becker Road, 6651 to 6778 Douglas Lake Road and 6671 to 6919 Service Road.

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The fire continues to push north further into the community. At last measure, it was estimated at 7,400 hectares in size.

An evacuation alert was also issued for a broad range of land north of Westwold, including the Paxton Valley and areas around Monte Lake.

Affected addresses for the alert include 165 properties, including along Highway 97, on Barnhartvale Road, Kristianson Road, Mill Road, Monte Lake Road, Paxton Valley Road, Six Mile Creek Road, Strong Road and Westlund Road.

Earlier, the BC Wildfire Service said the fire could not be attacked by air tankers due to the windy conditions, steep terrain and smoky skies. The latest update does note, however, that air tankers may strike if conditions allow.

Reinforcements on the ground are expected within the coming days.

The fire is being battled by 19 firefighters, two helicopters and 22 pieces of heavy equipment to establish fire guards, along with 11 local fire department personnel, RCMP and 22 other support staff.

Meanwhile, the Sparks Lake fire continues to burn, prompting yet another evacuation order.

The latest order affects seven properties, located along the southwest corner of Bonaparte Lake, stretching south to the Bonaparte Park boundary line.

Properties affected include 5160 to 5450 Bonaparte Lake, 4680 to 5040 Eagan-Bonaparte Lake FSR, 5200 Secret Lake and any other properties within the area mapped by the TNRD.

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