Progress by crews prompts rescind of fire evacuations in Kamloops Fire District

Firefighters have achieved increased levels of containment on all five of these wildfires

July 24, 2014

KAMLOOPS – After a week of continued efforts to suppress several fires of note throughout the

Kamloops Fire Centre, residents affected by five of these wildfires have been allowed to return

to their homes.

The Smith Creek, Apex, Botanie, Maka-Murray and Jura wildfires had displayed very aggressive

fire behaviour and that led to several evacuation alerts and evacuation orders being issued.

Firefighters have achieved increased levels of containment on all five of these wildfires,

resulting in a decreased risk to public safety.

Here are the updates on current fires of note within the Kamloops Fire Centre:

Apex fire, 10 km west of Penticton: Estimated at 345 hectares, this wildfire is now 100%

contained. Crews are currently conducting mop-up activities, such as extinguishing hot

spots and reducing the amount of smoke produced by the fire. The evacuation alert

issued by the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen has been lifted.

Jura fire, Southwest of Missezula Lake: After sustained efforts by the Wildfire

Management Branch, this wildfire is now 90% contained and is roughly 390 hectares in

size. The Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen has rescinded the evacuation

alert for residents in the area.

Maka-Murray fire, 5 km west of the Juliet exit on the Coquihalla Highway: This wildfire

is now 45% contained and is estimated at 340 hectares. The Thompson-Nicola Regional

District has lifted its evacuation order and evacuation alert for approximately 30

properties.

Smith Creek fire, 3 km northwest of downtown West Kelowna: This wildfire is currently

mapped at roughly 280 hectares and is 100-per-cent contained. As firefighting resources

continue to work on this fire, the Central Okanagan Regional District has lifted its

evacuation orders. However, an evacuation alert remains in place.

Botanie Road fire, North of Lytton: This wildfire is mapped at 1,389 hectares and is

currently 50% contained. Significant rainfall over the past 24 hours has helped

firefighters extinguish hotspots on this fire. The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has

rescinded its evacuation orders for residents affected by this fire, but an evacuation alert

remains in place.

Four of these wildfires are suspected to be human-caused and were therefore preventable.

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire or campfire prohibition may be issued a ticket

for $345, or if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in

jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be

subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

The Kamloops Fire Centre is urging the public to continue to report any smoke or flames that

they see. You can report a wildfire by calling 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on your

cellphone.

 

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