The B.C Wildfire Service making progress overnight battling a rapidly spreading grass fire near Spences Bridge.
Information Officer Brenna Ward says, the blaze was held overnight.
“The fire has been tracked at 83 hectares and we did have crews overnight. we did have 23 firefighters on scene overnight. Right now there are another 23 firefighters on scene and additional resources have been called in for later but at this point it is looking really good.”
Its not believed any structures were lost. The blaze human caused and at one point, shutdown the Trans Canada Highway in both directions.
The TNRD has put much of Spences Bridge on an evacuation alert.
A smaller pocket was been put on an evacuation order but the order was rescinded a few hours after being issued.
A warming centre has been set up at Archie Clements Community Hall in Spences Bridge at 3641 Merritt-Spences Bridge Hwy 8.
The TNRD advises those on alert to be packed up and ready to go at a moments notice.
1. Locate all family members and be prepared to evacuate your residence and property to an identified safe reception center.
2. Gather essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (insurance), photographs and immediate care needs for dependants.
3. Prepare to move any disabled persons and children.
4. Collect pets and pet needs.
5. If possible, move livestock to a safe area.
The Trans-Canada is closed in both directions five kilometres east of Spences Bridge due to the wildfire.