VANCOUVER-The evacuation alert has been upgraded to an order for dozens of properties in southeastern Ashcroft, British Columbia, but officials say the threat to the village itself remains small.
The Thompson-Nicola area order affects 60 properties in District I that are threatened by the Tremont Creek wildfire.
“Emergency support services will only be provided if your primary residence is one of the properties under the evacuation order,” the district said in its order.
Those who meet the criteria are required to report to the Salvation Army Building at 1480 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna.
According to the British Columbia Wildfire Bureau, the Tremont Creek Fire has been burning since July 12 and currently covers approximately 5,000 hectares.
The fire was considered “out of control” and caused evacuation alerts for Ashcroft Village and the Ashcroft Indian Band and several nearby areas.
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According to the British Columbia Wildfire Bureau, the Tremont Creek fire is part of the Litton Creek fire complex, which also includes the Litton Creek and George Road fires.
As of the latest news on Sunday morning, 40 firefighters, 5 helicopters and 7 pieces of heavy equipment were fighting the fire.
in a Communication bulletin Ashcroft Village issued a statement on Sunday saying that the fire had been moving eastward and away from the village, adding that the current threat to the village was “least”.
Ashcroft Mayor Barbara Roden told CTV News that the village has been working hard to ensure timely and accurate communication with residents about the wildfire situation in the area, and to reassure them when faced with pressure.
Roden said that the wildfire season so far is reminiscent of the 2017 season, during which the Elephant Mountain fire forced thousands of people in the area-including the entire nearby Cache Creek village-to evacuate.
Roden said that although that year was defined as a large fire locally, there have been several fires in the area this year, including Tremont Creek.
“It’s right at our door,” she said. “For many people, this makes many people recall a lot of very stressful and painful memories starting in 2017.”