Map shows the extent of the fires in the Little Fort complex as of the end of July. The Dunn Lake fire to the northeast of Little Fort was the largest, at 2983 ha. The Thuya Road fire to the southwest of Little Fort was put at 556 ha. The Lemeiux Creek fire in the north was put at 15 ha as of July 17. BC Wildfire Service warns the map is not definitive and should be used for reference purposes only. BC Wildfire Service map

All clear for now

TNRD rescinds evacuation alerts for Hallamore Lake, McCarthy Lake Dunn Lake, and Little Fort

By Keith McNeill

Thompson-Nicola Regional District rescinded the evacuation alerts for Hallamore Lake, McCarthy Lake Dunn Lake, and the areas east and south of Little Fort on Monday afternoon, July 30.

The evacuation alert for the portion of Clearwater south of the blue bridge by the ski hill and along Dunn Lake Road was also rescinded.

The alerts were the last in the area resulting from the Little Fort complex of forest fires that began on July 7.

According to the TNRD, significant progress had been made on the fires by BC Wildfire Service and they are believed to no longer pose an imminent risk.

A BC Wildfire Service spokesperson said that the three fires in the Little Fort fire complex are now estimated to have a total size of 3,600 ha.

The complex consists of the Dunn Lake fire, the Thuya Road fire, and the Lemeiux Creek fire.

One of the three is listed at 90 per cent contained, while the other two are put at 100 per cent.

As of Monday morning there were 18 firefighters working on the fire complex, with help from one water tender and one helicopter. There was also a five-person incident management team overseeing their efforts.

The BC Wildfire Service spokesperson noted that the forest closures for the Little Fort fire complex are still in place.

The restricted areas include the area from south of Dunn Lake to north of the junction of Auldgirth Road and Dunn Lake Road. Included as well is the road from Dunn Lake to the Little Fort ferry.

There is also a restricted area around the Thuya Road fire.

The area restriction order means that no one apart from authorized personnel may enter these areas at any time.

The order applies to all Crown land within the geographic boundaries of the area restriction.

Individuals who own or lease property within the boundaries of the area restriction may still access their property via the shortest route, once the evacuation orders or alerts in this area are rescinded.