A wildfire that is now classified as out of control has prohibited access to the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort, located northeast of Kamloops.
The Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality initially informed incoming visitors to stay away while allowing existing visitors to remain in place. Now, an evacuation alert applies to the entire community.
“This is a proactive measure in relation to road access up to the resort. In order to assist with the evacuation alert, we will be slowly winding down mountain operations for the day at this time,” said a statement from Sun Peaks.
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The evacuation alert means the golf course, the Sunburst Express Chairlift, retail and rental locations are not active.
The fire is currently localized at Embleton Mountain, only 7 kilometres west of the Sun Peaks Resort.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and there are 24 firefighters and 3 helicopters designated to control it.
There are currently 72 active wildfires in the #Cariboo Fire Centre, 7 of which are Wildfires of Note. 3 of the wildfires of note (Deka Lake, Succour Lake & Canim Lake) are being managed by an Incident Management Team that is overseeing a section of the 100 Mile Zone.#BCWildfire
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 12, 2021
Wildfires are impacting many parts of the province. As of Monday morning, the BC Wildfire Dashboard states that there are 307 active fires, with 36 of those having started in the last two days.
For the latest updates on wildfires in the province, visit the BC Wildfire Dashboard.