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PHOTOS: A look at the Shuswap Road fire

5:34 p.m.

The grass fire has been re-mapped at 380 hectares.

Fire information officer Marla Catherall say that's not because of any huge growth, but because of better mapping from the pilots above.

"It’s burning more up the mountain, which is great because it’s away from structures."

Meanwhile, Kamloops Fire Rescue says the evacuation order for the six homes on Shuswap Road has been lifted.

4:41 p.m.

Steve Robinson, acting fire chief, tells KamloopsMatters the fire is still roughly around 200 hectares.

"We're making good progress on the western flank, which is excellent," he says. "B.C Wildfire Service and Kamloops Fire Rescue crews are doing a great job."

Fire crews will be stationed overnight, he adds, to ensure no flare-ups or spot fires. 

As for containment, Robinson couldn't give an estimate. 

East Shuswap Road has reopened, according to a Facebook post by Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc.

3:55 p.m.

Kamloops Fire Rescue says the grass fire is now mapped at 200 hectares.

Fire information officer Marla Catherall says the fire is moving uphill, "which is great because it's away from homes."

"I think we can, from here at least, see the progress air support has made and crews will soon be making," she tells KamloopsMatters. 

Catherall adds air support includes at least three air tankers and one helicopter.

Crews will be stationed overnight, she says.

3:45 p.m.

A reception centre for evacuees has been set up at the Sk’elep School of Excellence.

As a precaution, half a dozen homes on Shuswap Road, east of the Sage Meadows trailer park, have been evacuated.

The school is located at 365 Powwow Trail on the reserve.

Meanwhile, the Sun Rivers Resort Community Facebook page notes the Tk'emlups Indian Band has issued a "wildfire alert" for properties along E. Shuswap Road, including Sun Rivers. (That's not the same as an evacuation alert.)

Eighteen Kamloops Fire Rescue personnel, along with 50 B.C. Wildfire Service crews and air support are currently responding to the fire.

2:38 p.m.

Kamloops Fire Rescue says there is a "tactical evacuation" in place for six homes near the grass fire. 

"It just means for safety’s sake so we can get in and manoeuvre around the homes," says KFR administrative assistant Marilynn St. Jean.

mobile home parkSage Meadows Mobile Home Park. (via Eric Thompson)

Meanwhile, a bus is on standby at the Sage Meadows Mobile Home Park (located at 768 Shuswap Rd.) should people need to be evacuated.

park4434(via Eric Thompson)

Park residents Ian and Linda Fordyce, who have been placed on evacuation alert, know the ordeal of evacuations all too well. The couple lived through last summer's wildfire season in Williams Lake. 

Linda says while enjoying a glass of wine at Harper's Trail Winery on Wednesday night, she and her husband happened to talk about packing an emergency bag "just in case."

"We said we really need to sit down and make a list and pack our bags," she tells KamloopsMatters. "And then this morning, here we are."

busA transit bus is parked at the Sage Meadows Mobile Home Park on Shuswap Road. (via Eric Thompson)

2:20 p.m.

The grass fire is now estimated to be 60 hectares, fire information officer Marla Catherall tells KamloopsMatters.

Keeping structures safe is the number 1 priority right now, she adds, noting none are currently under threat. 

Asked if the fire has grown or if crews have just been able to map the blaze better, Catherall says it's a bit of both.

There are still 49 ground crews responding, along with air support.

1:35 p.m.

The grass fire is now listed at 20 hectares, according to a tweet from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Forty-nine firefighters, air tankers, one helicopter and fire investigators are responding to the blaze.

No structures are under immediate threat right now.

12:45 p.m.

The grass fire burning on Shuswap Road is estimated to be five hectares in size, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Information officer Marla Catherall says the fire is not in Kamloops Fire Rescue jurisdiction but in BCWS's. 

"We have 29 personnel and air support responding," she says.

12:35 p.m

B.C. Wildfire Service crews are en route to help with the grass fire, fire information officer Marla Catherall tells KamloopsMatters.

She says BWS is also providing air support.

"We're waiting on more info."


Grassfire2(via Eric Thompson)

12:10 p.m.

Shuswap Road is closed from Lafarge west to the Yellowhead Highway until further notice, according to Kamloops RCMP.

"No traffic except emergency vehicles are allowed in this area," says Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in an email.

She says no structures have been damaged and no injuries have been reported from this grass fire.

KFR are currently on scene.


12 p.m.

Crews are en route to a fire in the 800 block of Shuswap Road.

Kamloops Fire Rescue says B.C. Wildfire Service is on standby.

More to come...



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