Sun Peaks now on evacuation alert due to Embleton Mountain wildfire

The municipality said residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to an evacuation order, but added that residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions. If an evacuation was ordered, residents are to take Sun Peaks Road to Heffley Louis Creek Road to Kamloops. If conditions necessitate a change in that plan, a second evacuation route is available via the McGillivary Lake Forestry Road.

UPDATE: According to an update by the BC Wildfire Service at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, the Embleton Mountain wildfire is seven kilometres west of Sun Peaks and has grown to 290 hectares. Various evacuation orders and alerts are in effect and can be found online at

The nearby Embleton Mountain wildfire has led to an evacuation alert being issued for Sun Peaks by the resort municipality government.

This alert is due to the out of control fire west of Whitecroft, which, as of 2:30 p.m.on Sunday, July 11, has grown to 250 hectares.

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The BC Wildfire Service has 24 firefighters, three helicopters and heavy equipment battling the blaze. The Sun Peaks Fire Department is also fighting the fire.

The evacuation alert applies to all properties within the boundaries of the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality. 

The municipality said residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to an evacuation order, but added that residents may receive limited notice due to changing conditions. 

If an evacuation was ordered, residents are to take Sun Peaks Road to Heffley Louis Creek Road to Kamloops. If conditions necessitate a change in that plan, a second evacuation route is available via the McGillivary Lake Forestry Road.  


Sun Peaks residents are advised to find all family members and designate a meeting area outside the evacuation area, should an evacuation order be called while family members are separated. 

They should pack essential items, such as government-issued ID, medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (such as insurance, credit, and mortgage information), immediate care needs for dependents, cellphone and charger and, if time and space permits, keepsakes for quick departure.  

Residents should prepare to move disabled people, children and/or neighbours if assistance is needed. 

Pets and their care items, including leash, carrier and food, should be taken, while livestock should be moved to to a safe area, if possible.

Transportation for all household members should be arranged and gas tanks of all vehicles should be full.

Those who need help with transportation can call 250-819-8859. 

Residents should monitor the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality website and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District  website for information on evacuation orders and location of reception centres and hours of operation.


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