While Sun Peaks is not directly impacted by the Embleton Mountain wildfire burning southwest of the resort municipality, the fire has affected traffic in and out of the community.
Only year-round residents are being permitted to travel the Heffley-Louis Creek Road on the way to Sun Peaks, with day trippers prohibited.
DriveBC has indicated there is a checkpoint at Heffley-Louis Creek Road and lake Bay Road, just east of the Heffley lake campground.
Sun Peaks said the resort remains open for regular operations for residents and visitors who are already in the community, though Sunday’s (July 11) Market Day event has been cancelled.
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The fire west of Whitecroft, the community at the base of the hill leading to Sun Peaks, was ignited on July 8 was last estimated at 143 hectares in size. Its cause is under i
The fire remans out of control, with aggressive fire behaviour being seen by crews fighting the flames. A number of properties in the Heffley and Whitecroft area remain under evacuation 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.
Evacuees should register with emergency support services by calling, toll-free at 1-800-585-9559.
As the emergency social services evacuee centre on McArthur Island in Kamloops is at capacity with people who have fled fires elsewhere, those in the Whitecroft/Heffley Lake area who have had to leave can report to the emergency services reception centre in Salmon Arm, at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort, 251 Harbourfront Drive NW.