The Monte Lake store went missing in the wake of the White Rock Lake wildfire that burned uncontrollably across approximately 32,500 acres between Vernon and Kamloops, a local government official confirmed.
Electoral Zone L President Kenneth Gillis said Thursday evening, although he had not heard an official word from BC Wildfire Services, that he has good sources to say it is a total loss.
“I have reliable authority that the Monte Lake store burned to the ground, propane tanks exploding in the process,” he told Black Press, but he is unsure of it. extent of damage beyond.
Another evacuation order for 303 properties in the Westwold and Monte Lake area that were previously on high alert is now in place at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, August 5. More than 370 properties in Pritchard have been evacuated.
The TNRD EOC issued an evacuation order for 373 affected properties in Electoral Zone “L” near Pritchard, due to the White Rock Lake fire. #BCWildfire https://t.co/hNbLN7vvSV pic.twitter.com/N6Y4YxzHX2
– TNRD (@TNRD) August 6, 2021
An alert for 117 other properties was also issued.
– TNRD (@TNRD) August 6, 2021
The city of Kamloops has issued an alert for properties in Campbell Creek, Barnhartvale and Dallas as the blaze continues to progress. This alert also includes the BC Wildlife Park, which is home to more than 200 animals.
Evacuation orders remain in place for thousands of people in four municipal jurisdictions and the Okanagan Indian Band as of Thursday evening, and residents are reminded to obey the orders.
RCMP and BC Wildfire Service personnel are continuing a tactical evacuation for those who have chosen to stay despite evacuation orders.
“When we knock on your door with an evacuation alert, it’s time to prepare,” Vernon North Okanagan RCMP said in a tweet. “When we knock on the door with an evacuation order, it’s time to go.”
Gillis said those who disobeyed orders caused a lot of frustration in a terrifying situation, echoing the sentiments of other agencies.
BC Wildfire Services incident commander Scott Rennick said people were given sufficient notice to evacuate.
“But those who chose to stay are putting my staff at risk on the way to the fire to take them out of danger,” he said. “Don’t put my people in the position that others have done today.”
Highway 97 between Falkland and Monte Lake is closed. The diversion to Vernon from Kamloops is blocked and all motorists are urged to avoid using secondary roads to access the evacuation area.
Heavy traffic from other travelers in the area slowed evacuations, according to Regional District of Columbia Shuswap.
“Evacuees are hampered by traffic jams and other drivers trying to bypass road closures. “
Detours are currently available via Highway 97A, Highway 97B, and Highway 1. There is no estimated time to reopen.
BC Wildfire Services said in its 7pm update that the wildfire continues to display “an extremely vigorous surface fire and an active crown fire.”
Wildfires in British Columbia 2021