UPDATE 11:20 p.m.
More properties have been evacuated in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
There are now 344 properties on evacuation order from the Ross Moore Lake wildfire. The order came into effect around 7:30 p.m.
Those properties include the area of Lac Le Jeune, Long Lake Road and adjoining roads south of Goose Lake Road, the area south of Goose Lake Road including Edith Lake Road, and areas west of Highway 5A from Napier Lake to south of Knutsford Camground.
An additional 157 properties are on evacuation alert and should be ready to leave at any time.
The lightning caused fire remains at 1,800 hectares.
ORIGINAL 9:45 a.m.
The Ross Moore Lake wildfire south of Kamloops ballooned overnight to 1,800 hectares.
The volatile fire has doubled in size in one day. On Saturday, July 22, the fire was listed at 700 hectares.
The lightning caused fire has prompted evacuation orders for 49 properties:
- 6388 to 6416 Ashley Rd;
- 1848 to 3345 Edith Lake Rd;
- 4180 to 4828 Goose Lake Rd;
- 4188 to 6455 Long Lake Rd;
- 700 to 860 McLeod Lake Rd;
- 5960 to 6381 Weir Rd;
A number of properties are also on alert and should be ready to leave at any time.
Fire crews are fighting from land and air. Area residents are reminded that it is illegal to fly a drone in the vicinity of a wildfire. Drones pose a safety threat to aircrafts and delay fire suppression efforts.
The fire is considered a highly vigorous surface fire and is visible to the City of Kamloops and Highway 5A.
The Ross Moore Lake wildfire has been burning since early afternoon on July 21.