Three Valley Lake wildfire now 500 hectares, falling rock creates danger

3 Valley fire grows

UPDATE: 10:10 p.m.

An Evacuation order for one property in the Electoral Area E region has been rescinded, according to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

The CSRD said that the property in the rescind area reverts to evacuation alert status, and residents and visitors must be prepared to leave again on short notice.

The area downgraded to an alert includes an area north of Highway 1 and Three Valley Lake, including the Three Valley Lake Chateau and Ghost Town, located at 8903 Trans-Canada Highway.

One property located at 8271 Trans-Canada Highway remains on evacuation order, according to the CSRD.

An evacuation alert is still in effect for properties at 8234 and 8240 Trans-Canada Highway in Three Valley.

A map of the impacted properties can be found on the CSRD website.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday evening, the Shuswap Emergency Program said cooler weather is helping with fire efforts on all wildfires they are monitoring in the Shuswap, including the Three Valley Lake fire.

“It has been a good day in the Emergency Operations Centre. We had evacuation orders rescinded in the District of Sicamous and at the Three Valley Gap Chateau,” the SEP said on Facebook.

“BC Wildfire Service is now bringing in a full incident command team to Salmon Arm to assist with coordination and delivery of firefighting efforts on all our fires.”

The Three Valley Lake fire is now estimated at 500 hectares in size.

The BC Wildfire Service said the fire is advancing to the northwest, and continues to be very visible from Highway 1 and the Three Valley Gap tourist area.

There are 16 firefighters assigned to fight the wildfire, with structure protection specialists also working in the area.

BCWS said they are working towards securing the southwest corner along Highway 1 to minimize impact to the highway.

ORIGINAL: 6:55 a.m.

The Three Valley Lake wildfire has grown to 500 hectares in size over the long weekend.

In an update, Monday, the BC Wildfire Service said the fire continues to burn out of control.

Over the weekend, it showed Rank 1 Rank 2 behaviour to the south and slightly more aggressive to the north on top of the ridge. Rocks dislodging from the steep cliff on the east side of Three Valley Gap are causing a safety hazard.

The fire is advancing to the northwest. It has received a modified response since burning in very steep terrain that is unsafe for crews to access, the wildfire service says.

An evacuation order remains in effect for the north side of Three Valley Lake, including the chateau.

The fire is being monitored for any impacts to the Trans-Canada Highway.

The wildfire service is planning to use an initial attack crew on the west side of the fire to help prevent any advance towards the highway.

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