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Evacuation of Homes North of Princeton, BC
Properties between Summers Creek Road and Dry Lake north of Princeton along Highway 5A are in the process of being evacuated due to a wildfire by first responders. The area evacuated is approximately 10 km north of Princteon. The BC Wildfire Service, RCMP and the Town of Princeton Fire Service are on scene.
An Emergency Social Services Reception Centre is being set up at the Riverside Community Centre in Princeton at 148 Old Hedley Road.
DriveBC shows that Highway 5A between Aspen Grove and Princeton has been closed to traffic. Consult www.drivebc.com for updates.
Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Minister responsible for Emergency Management BC, this evening announced a provincial state of emergency to ensure a coordinated response to the current wildfire situation and to ensure public safety.
Today alone there have been 56 new wildfire starts throughout the province. Evacuation alerts and orders have been issued for Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Princeton. These are in addition to the evacuation orders and alerts issued yesterday for 105 Mile House and 108 Mile House. The extended weather forecast is calling for continued hot, dry weather, with risks of thunderstorms in many parts of the province.
Given the current wildfire situation and the expected increase in wildfire activity, the Province is taking this extraordinary measure of declaring a provincial state of emergency.
This is an urgent situation and public safety is the top priority. The Province will continue to keep the public informed in this rapidly evolving situation.
The state of emergency gives agencies such as Emergency Management BC, the Fire Commissioner, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the RCMP authority under the Emergency Program Act to take every action necessary to fight these wildfires and protect residents and their communities.
10 Km NE of Princeton (K60643)
Last updated: Friday, July 07, 2017 at 8:44 PM
Location: North of Princeton
• See approximate location of this wildfire on a interactive map.
Size: 200.0 hectares (estimated)
• 0% contained
The fire is growing quickly with high winds in the area. 30 firefighters are on site today, however smoke has made it difficult to safely fight the fire from the ground.
Evacuation Order is in effect.
A tactical evacuation was performed. For information on evacuation alerts and orders in the area, please see the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen: http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/current-eoc/
Please visit DriveBC.ca for updates on road conditions and closures.
Cause: Under Investigation
• 30 firefighters
• 1 heavy equipment
• 1 airtankers
Air support and heavy equipment are on site, as well as 30 BC Wildfire Service firefighters. The Princeton Fire Department is also assisting.