Fire struck close to home last night (July 1, 2021) as lightning ignited two fires in the hills below Juniper Ridge. The fire spread rapidly and threatened homes on both the upper and lower flanks, resulting in tactical evacuations of parts of Valleyview and Juniper Ridge.
This morning, the fire was listed as under control, pending an air assessment by BC Wildfire Service (BCWS). At about 8:30 a.m. the City announced the evacuation order for Capilano Drive and Nechako Drive were rescinded.
The terrain is steep and varied which makes firefighting difficult, especially throughout the night, a City news release said today.
“The communication and collaboration between KFR, RCMP, BCWS, and the City of Kamloops Emergency Operations Centre has been integral in ensuring successful safe evacuations, safety of responders, and fire suppression.”
No structures have been lost in the fire, officials said. “An initial count identified 400 homes saved on the immediate fire perimeter, valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The number of lives saved is priceless.”
Kamloops Fire Rescue and BC Wildfire Service will continue to action hot spots on the fire today with the addition of air assets from BC Wildfire Service.
Meanwhile, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District said the Kamloops reception centre is at full capacity, and asked evacuees from wildfires around the region to divert to Chilliwack and report to the Emergency Support Services reception centre at the secondary school there, or stay with friends or family.
An evacuation order was issued for an area north of Lytton last night as fire threatened structures.
The fire that destroyed most of Lytton Wednesday night remains out of control, according to the BC Wildfire Service. Close to 50 firefighters were battling the fire.
At Sparks Lake in the Red Lake area, the wildfire grew to 20,000 hectares as of Thursday. Almost 100 firefighters along with helicopters and heavy equipment have been fighting that one.