Ashcroft wildfire expands to 700 hectares, takes down buildings

Ashcroft wildfire expands to 700 hectares, takes down buildings

According to the BC Wildfire Service, the fire has expanded quickly from 50 to 700 hectares in a matter of hours.

"We have performed a tactical evacuation in the area".

Skrepnek adds nearly 50 firefighters are now battling the blaze and aircrafts have been called to help as well.

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

An Emergency Social Services Reception Centre is being set up at the Riverside Community Centre in Princeton at 148 Old Hedley Road.

BC Hydro is reporting, there are now more than 2000 customers without power.

Pursuant to the Emergency Program Act, an Evacuation Order has been issued by Mayor John Ranta from the Village of Cache...

Twenty more families are being evacuated tonight, as their homes sit in the path of the out-of-control forest fire sweeping north of Princeton.

The community of Missezula Lake, at the end of Summers Creek Road, has been placed on advisory Evacuation Alert.

With the uncertainty surrounding the fire, there is no estimated time of reopening and it's unlikely that it'll happen soon. "We are still seeing continued, and unfortunately, aggressive growth on the Gustafsen fire".

Camp Tulahead, which is located along Highway 5A in Princeton, was ordered evacuated by the local fire department as a "precautionary measure".

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

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