UPDATED: Evacuations ordered as Ashcroft wildfire grows

The fire is an estimated 700 hectares in size

A wildfire on the Ashcroft Reserve west of Ashcroft is spreading rapidly through the grassland, fanned by high winds.

B.C. Wildfire Service estimates the fire to be 700 hectares in size, causing Highway 97C, Highway 97, and Highway 1 to close in both directions.

The rapidly growing wildfire has prompted a tactical evacuation of the area.

More than 20 structures, most of them on Ashcroft Indian Band land, have been destroyed or damaged. Cattle have been moved from one property where a barn was threatened.

A number of residences at Boston Flats near Hghway 1 have been destroyed.

Ashcroft Fire Rescue and the Ashcroft RCMP are on scene, and aircrafts are circling the site – one dropping water over the ridge.

Internet service is down and many businesses, as well as the Ashcroft pool, have closed.

The fire is reported to be an extension of the blaze that broke out shortly after 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 6 just south of Ashcroft.

 

Just Posted

‘Listen to your gut’ urges injured skier

Mike Shaw was told he’d never walk again after an accident four years ago, but he defied the odds

Nasty note on windshield sparks online outrage

Vernon’s Bailey McDonald is using a painful experience to start conversation about invisible illness

Remembering road crash victims in Kelowna

World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims takes place Sunday in Kelowna

Small grass fire sparks in West Kelowna

Fire crews quickly douse blaze in ditch on Friday afternoon

Constructive meeting held with Carr’s Landing Community and Recreation Association

Lake Country - Residents met with the city yesterday to discuss the area by Gable Beach Road North

Flag person struck by car

RCMP investigating incident involving female traffic control person and senior driver

‘I will now live in consistent fear’: Allan Schoenborn granted escorted leaves

The Merritt man was deemed not criminally responsible in the killing of his three children in 2008

Guns and drugs seized in Kamloops RCMP blitz

Kamloops Mounties and the gang unit seize drugs and make arrests in two-day blitz

Hammy the deer dodges conservation officers in Prince Rupert

The famous Prince Rupert hammock deer maintains his purple threads

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Interior Health expands meningococcal precautions in South Okanagan

Oliver, Osoyoos and Okanagan Falls included in the expanded precautionary immunization measure

Homeless count returns amid Penticton’s housing crisis

Volunteers are hitting the streets this week to find solid data on Penticton’s homeless population

Missing woman smart, courageous, lovable

Mother says Caitlin Potts trying to overcome foster care experience

Federal funding to combat guns, gangs and opioid crisis

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said illicit drugs are often main cause of guns, gangs violence

Most Read