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Evacuation orders issued for parts of BC's interior

Evacuation orders issued for parts of BC's interior”

The fire is estimated at more than 200 hectares in size, Mark Woods, the regional district's operations director, told Global News.

The fire has caused the closure of some highways in the area.

Properties between Summers Creek Road and Dry Lake north of Princeton along Highway 5A are in the process of being evacuated due to a wildfire by first responders.

A wildfire near Princeton in British Columbia's southern Interior has prompted an evacuation order for homes in the area.

Lucius says 30 provincial firefighters were on site, but high winds and heavy smoke is making the blaze hard to fight from the ground.

Bombers and helicopters are flying overhead dropping water.

DriveBC shows that Highway 5A between Aspen Grove and Princeton has been closed to traffic.

Crews now have Highway 1 and Highway 97C blocked off near Ashcroft with no estimated time of reopening them. 3, Hwy. 97 and Hwy 97C.

Finally, more homes are being evacuated because of another fire burning north of Princeton, but it's not clear how many people are affected.

An Emergency Social Services reception centre is being set up at the Riverside Community Centre in Princeton, at 148 Old Hedley Rd. Dozens of young people were bussed to Merritt, as the road to Princeton was closed, and officials say everyone is safely accounted for. Fire crews told a Spotlight photographer that the blaze is spreading at one-quarter kilometer an hour.

According to Hunse, "structures have been impacted" by the fire, but she could not provide details.



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