The cause of the fire has not been determined. Photo contributed August 2, 2020

UPDATE: More personnel at Dry Lake fire, 43 properties remain under evacuation alert

Wildfire has been burning out of control north of Princeton for three days

UPDATE: Aug. 4, 12 p.m.

More personnel is on the scene of a wildfire in the Dry Lake area and 43 properties remain under evacuation alert.

As of Tuesday, Aug. 4, 51 firefighters actioning the blaze with the use of three water tenders, three helicopters and other heavy equipment. The fire currently remains at an estimated 22 hectares.

“Temperatures were cool on the fire last night and this morning, which will help crews in their suppression efforts today. Heavy equipment made good progress in their machine guard, and crews continue to work on hand guard in steep sections,” the BC Wildfire Service stated on the fire of note page.

“Helicopters are working to apply water to the hottest areas of the fire to allow ground crews to continue to build control lines safely. Once it is safe to do so, ground personnel will work their way into the fire to expand their water delivery system while also wrapping the fire in hose lay.”

________

ORIGINAL STORY:

Forty-three properties in the Dry Lake area, north of Princeton, have been placed under evacuation alert by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, due to the threat of wildfire.

All properties are located along Highway 5A in Electoral Areas “H” between McCaffrey Lake, MacKenzie Lake, Dry Lake, Round Lake and Allison Lake Provincial Park.

The alert was issued at 6:20 p.m. Monday, August 3.

Residents and property owners are strongly advised to take proactive measures to prepare for an evacuation order.

A wildfire at Dry Lake, approximately 24 km northeast of Princeton, is burning out of control.

The fire is estimated at 22 hectares.

Related: Wildfire burning out of control at Dry Lake near Princeton

On Monday there were 29 personnel actioning the blaze, including heavy equipment operators. Three helicopters were also bucketing water from nearby lakes.

According to Gagan Lidhran, communications officer for B.C. Wildfire, the fire was reported late in the afternoon, Sunday, August 2.

The cause has not been determined.

Lidhran said hot, dry conditions in the area are a factor in the service’s ability to contain the blaze, she said.

All residents under alert are being directed to locate all family members, and designate a meeting place outside of the evacuation area, should an evacuation order be issued while separated.

Identification, medications, cell phones and charges, valuable papers and immediate care needs for dependents should be collected and ready to move.

Other instructions include filling gas tanks of personal vehicles, and arranging accommodation for all family members, if possible.

Hobby farmers concerned about for their animals should contact the Animal Emergency Response Team (ALERT) at (250) 809-7152 or email info@alertcanada.org.

For more information, please visit http://emergency.rdos.bc.ca or call 250-490-4225.

To report a typo, email:
publisher@similkameenspotlight.com
.



andrea.demeer@similkameenspotlight.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

bc wildfires

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Shuswap 4-H Club members’ projects up for auction

Second-year club member Kayleigh Stockbruegger selling lambs Olaf and Nacho Cheese

Morning Start: One Year on Uranus Is 84 Years on Earth

Your morning start for Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Age requirement for firefighters in Salmon Arm lowered

Three-month probation period replaced by longer recruit training

Shuswap dragon boat team honours Terry Fox in its own way

Close to $1,000 raised on the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

Refresh of Liberal government’s agenda comes amid new looming COVID-19 crisis

Lockdowns saw fed spending soar to historic levels in effort to offset pandemic’s blow to Canadians’ livelihoods

Attorney General defends Kelowna Mountie involved in rough arrest

Tyler Russell filed a lawsuit against Const. Siggy Pietrzak in June of this year

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

‘Perfect storm’ causes influx of black widows in the Okanagan

The region’s only venomous spider has come out in full force this year

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Suspected human remains found in burned out vehicle on OKIB land

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP hand over investigation to Major Crimes

Most Read