Smoke from the fire near Whitecroft as seen from the trails of Sun Peaks, captured in this photo posted to social media by Twitter user Clientric.

No growth reported on Embleton Mountain wildfire overnight

Sun Peaks remains on evacuation alert, with Whitecroft under evacuation order

Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality remains on evacuation alert as of 10 a.m., Monday, July 12, for all properties within the municipal boundary due to the potential threat of the nearby Embleton Mountain wildfire.

“The wildfire remains at 280 hectares this morning with no growth reported overnight,” advised Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality Emergency Operations Centre, “There is a 20 person BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) crew on site, supported by heavy equipment and four helicopters today. Sun Peaks Fire Rescue monitored the fire overnight and remain on site this morning.”

The North Thompson area is currently under a heat warning from Environment Canada, lasting today to Wednesday. This includes above seasonal daytime temperatures and elevated overnight temperatures will mean little relief from the heat.

Whitecroft remains under an evacuation order from the Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) and nearby properties in the Heffley Lake area remain under an evacuation alert. Two additional evacuation alerts were issued yesterday for properties north and south of Whitecroft.

All current TNRD Evacuation Orders and Alerts are listed on the Evacuation Status Dashboard.

Officials are asking anyone who is not a full-time resident to refrain from coming to Sun Peaks at this time. The section of Sun Peaks Road from Whitecroft to Sun Peaks is currently open for travel to full time residents only. All key Sun Peaks Resort LLP mountain operations will remain closed today.

B.C. Wildfires 2021District of BarriereNorth Thompson Valley