Campfires banned in Kamloops Fire Centre


"We really need people not to start fires right now, we're going to have enough difficulty coming up with lightning", said Donna MacPherson with the Coastal Fire Centre. "Moving now will eliminate that element of panic".

According to Broznitsky, 120 firefighters are on site today with a 25 people incident management team, four helicopters a number of air tankers and 15 pieces of heavy equipment.

RCMP went door to door to contact the people being evacuated.

Al Richmond, chairman of the Cariboo Regional District, says there is concern because the wind has changed directions and the wind speed is predicted to increase.

The BC Wildfire Services says the Gustafsen Wildfire near 100 Mile House has now grown to 1,500 hectares.

While the cause remains under investigation, the fire is believed to be caused by humans.

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The Cariboo Regional District has evacuated 33 properties in the area of Tatton Station Road.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, crews worked with heavy equipment overnight to build containment lines along the eastern flank.

108 Mile Ranch Community west of Highway 97.

All properties west of the 108 Mile Ranch Community and north of the previous evacuation order to the west boundary of geographic area 105 Mile. About 600 other properties remained under evacuation alert, he added. Broznitsky said the fire centre will do a reassessment on Friday, July 7, to see if action should be taken to further the campfire ban into other areas of the region. Richmond said fire crews installed sprinkler systems to protect the homes.

A separate fire burning about 200 kilometres northwest of Kamloops forced as many as 3,600 people out of their homes.

"The fire has burned past them and those structures are still in place, so those units. protected those homes for those folks", he said.