(Twitter-Jennifer Vance)

UPDATE: Ashcroft wildfire sits at 4,200 hectares

Cache creek remains on a local state of emergency, while Ashcroft remains on an evacuation alert

UPDATE: 9 p.m.

The BC Wildfire Service has pegged the Ashcroft wildfire at 4,200 hectares as of 9 p.m. Saturday.

A total of 41 firefighters, rotary-wing aircraft, heavy equipment and support personnel were fighting the blaze today.

Cache creek remains on a local state of emergency, while Ashcroft remains on an evacuation alert.

The fire is suspected to be human-caused, according to the BC Wildfire Service, but remains under investigation.

Fire origin and cause personnel have been assigned to the incident and will conduct an investigation as safe access to the area allows.

—-

UPDATE:

Watch the video below for a full recap of the live information meeting for evacuees.

—-

ORIGINAL

Live on scene at Logan Lake.

HAPPENING NOW: Ashcroft-Cache Creek editor Barbara Roden gives an update on the Ashcroft fire. SEE MORE: http://www.ashcroftcachecreekjournal.com/news/ashcroft-fire-grows-to-3900-hectares/

Posted by Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Overnight, the Ashcroft wildfire has grown to 3,900 hectares in size – that’s about 9,633 acres.

The fire is suspected to be human-caused, according to BC Wildfire Service.

Cache creek remains on a local state of emergency, while Ashcroft remains on an evacuation alert.

Roughly 2,000 Ashcroft and Boston Flats residents are without electricity.

The Ashcroft fire is one of four notable fires currently burning in the province. BC Wildfire Service says 159 new fires started yesterday, due to lightning.

Highway closure updates:

Highway 1 remains closed westbound 4 km west of Savona, and in both directions from Ashcroft to Cache Creek. Highway 97C is closed in both direction from the Junction with Highway 1, and is open to local traffic only from Logan Lake to Ashcroft because of Forest Fire.

We will be bringing you details as they come.

Have news tips, photo or video on any B.C. wildfires? Email provincial reporter Ashley Wadhwani at
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca
.

Just Posted

Former councillor anounces mayoral bid in West Kelowna

Gord Milson says he’s run for mayor in next October’s civic election

Kelowna finalists announced for small business awards

The 15th annual Small Business BC Awards will be held Feb. 23

Lake Country rescue held for couple stuck in snow

The couple was taking late night photos when their vehicle became stuck

More early childhood educator positions created

Announcement in Kelowna for a new work experience project at the YMCA

Foundry linked with new youth mental health web site

New website to improve mental health and wellness for young people in B.C.

Kelowna’s Ursel to coach host team at Olympics

Bob Ursel is headed to the Olympics with South Korea’s national men’s curling team

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

Letter: Let’s vote for a return to democracy in November.

Letter writer says a coming referendum vote could change the way political power is distributed

Train derails in Northwest B.C.

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved after coal train derailment.

King’s thrilling tale brought to the Vernon stage

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Misery at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Jan. 30

Double-doubles and demonstrations: Employees rally outside Tim Hortons

Protests held in response to Ontario franchise owners cutting employee benefits and breaks

It’s all in the black for Roots & Blues

While they didn’t rake in the dough, the 2017 event made a modest profit

Letters: Peachlanders will have plenty to say at public hearing

A development proposal for Beach Ave. in Peachland, south of Kelowna, has people fired up

Kelowna’s Community Calendar

A partial listing of upcoming events in the Kelowna area

Most Read