UPDATED: Evacuation alert issued in Spallumcheen

Two fire departments and BC Wildfire Service fight a blaze off Highway 97A.

UPDATE 6 p.m: A wildfire has prompted numerous evacuation alerts in Spallumcheen.

An evacuation alert has been issued for the following areas:

Twin Firs Mobile Home Park

Eagle Rock Mobile Home Park

Belva’s Mobile Home Park

Meadow Ridge Mobile Home Park

McLennan Road

Keddleston Road

With this notiofication, affected residents should be prepared to leave on very short notice.

Spallumcheen has activated an emergency operations centre at the municipal office and there is only resident traffic only allowed on Hutley and Head roads.

The fire in the Hutley Road area is currently four hectares in size. Fire crews continue to battle the fire from the air and the ground

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UPDATE: Ground and air crews continue to battle a wildfire in Spallumcheen.

As of 4:37 p.m., the fire on the east side of Patterson Creek was reported to be 2.5 hectares in size.

“At this time, no structures are threatened by this fire,” said Max Birkner, with the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Air and ground crews are on scene.

“Fire origin and cause investigators are also on route,” said Birkner.

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A wildfire in Spallumcheen is being tackled aggressively Thursday afternoon.

The blaze, which is being described as spot-size, is burning on the hillside, east of Hutley Road and Highway 97A, near the Tolko mill.

“It’s a developing situation. We’re still getting information on it,” said Tracy Wynnyk, an information officer with the B.C. Wildfire Service.

The Armstrong-Spallumcheen Fire Department is on scene while there are reports of other local departments providing assistance.

The B.C. Wildfire Service is attacking the fire from the air.

Wynnyk isn’t sure if any structures are close to the fire.

More details will be posted as they become available.