UPDATED: Evacuation alert rescinded

UPDATED 12:10 p.m.: As there has been no breach of the fire lines, Spallumcheen has lifted the evacuation alert for 200 homes, in the following areas:

• Twin Firs Mobile Home Park

• Eagle Rock Mobile Home Park

• Belva’s Mobile Home Park

• Meadow Ridge Mobile Home Park

• McLennan Road

• Keddleston Road

Hutley Road South will remain closed to all traffic. Hutley Road north and Head Road are local traffic only.

Should there be no changes to the status of the interface wildfire situation the next press release will be issued at 3 p.m. Friday.

The interface wildfire, located on the hillside east of Highway 97A, is currently 4.3 hectares in size. The fire crews have managed to create a machine guard around 98 per cent of the fire and wet lines are around the entire perimeter of the fire.

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Crews continue to tackle a wildfire in Spallumcheen.

The blaze broke out on the hillside above Hutley Road Thursday afternoon.

“There’s still a fair bit of potential so we need to work on the fire guard,” said Ian Cummings, Armstrong-Spallumcheen fire chief, Friday morning.

“There’s stil a lot of flames. There’s not much spread so we need to work on it to make sure it stays that way.”

The fire is about four hectares in size.

It’s still not known how the blaze started.

“We have a good idea of the area of origin but we haven’t started looking at cause yet,” said Cummings.

Assistance has come from the B.C. Wilfire Service as well as fire departments in Coldstream, Enderby and BX-Swan Lake.

“It’s amazing the response we got,” said Cummings.

As of Friday at 9:24 a.m., an evacuation alert continues for:

Twin Firs Mobile Home Park

Eagle Rock Mobile Home Park

Belva’s Mobile Home Park

Meadow Ridge Mobile Home Park

McLennan Road

Keddleston Road

To ensure the safety of local residents and members of the fire crew, Hutley Road south is closed to all traffic until further notice. Hutley Road north and Head Road continue to be local traffic only. RCMP patrols will be in the area.

The Township of Spallumcheen anticipates releasing more information at noon.