Evacs expanded again

UPDATE: 6:30 a.m.

More wildfire evacuation orders and alerts were issued late Saturday night in the Cariboo Regional District.

About midnight, the CRD issued an evacuation order for areas north of Green Lake, and RCMP began expediting residents from their homes.

The order is in effect for the area east of Highway 97 to Porter Lake, including the north shore of Green Lake, Little Green Lake and all of Watch Lake and Little Horse Lake.

The evacuation route is 83 Mile Road to Highway 97 and north to 100 Mile House; or Watch Lake Road to Highway 24 to Highway 97 and north to 100 Mile House.

An evacuation alert was issued for areas south of Highway 24, from 93 Mile to Lac Des Roches.

Elsewhere, the CRD expanded an evacuation order for the Clisbako area, and expanded an evacuation alert for the Blackwater River and Nazko area, about 100 kilometres west of Quesnel.

The evacuation route is along the Baezaeko Road to Nazko Road into Quesnel.

UPDATE: 11:10 p.m.

The Elephant Hill wildfire continues to force people from their homes, with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District issuing yet another evacuation order for an area northeast of Clinton. 

The most recent evacuation is for all of 70 Mile House, along with properties south and east of Green Lake. 

Full details of properties affected can be found here

Evacuees must travel to Kamloops, north along Highway 97, east along Highway 24 and south on Highway 5.

Strong, gusting winds have caused the Elephant Hill wildfire to grow "rapidly" Saturday evening.  

UPDATE: 8:50 p.m.

The evacuation order near Clinton has been expanded once again, as the "rapidly moving" Elephant Hill wildfire continues to grow. 

Saturday night, the Thompson Nicola Regional District expanded the evacuation order to include the Highway 97 corridor, north and south of Clinton, including Chasm Road and Loon Lake Road.

A full list of evacuated properties can be found on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Facebook page and a map of all evacuated properties can be found here

While the Village of Clinton Chasm Mill was initially excluded from the evacuation of Clinton earlier Saturday, it has since been evacuated as well. 

Additionally, homes in the Bonaparte Plateau have been put on evacuation alert. 

The BC Wildfire Service said strong winds have stirred up the Elephant Hill fire's behaviour Saturday. 

"Strong and gusty winds sent embers across containment lines and over the Bonaparte River in the northeast and northwest corners," a BC Wildfire Service press release state. "Due to extreme fire behaviour and gusty winds, the fire has moved upslope towards Clinton. All available suppression options (including airtankers, helicopters and structural protection units through the Office of the Fire Commissioner) are currently being used."

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the evacuation of Clinton Saturday afternoon, the Cariboo Regional District issued an evacuation alert for the area north of Green Lake, northeast of 70 Mile House. 

The south shore of Green Lake, which falls under the Thompson-Nicola Regional District area, is already under an evacuation alert, due to the growing Elephant Hill wildfire. 

A detailed map of the new alert area can be found here

ORIGINAL: 5:10 p.m.

The entire village of Clinton is being evacuated due to the encroaching Elephant Hill wildfire.

Growth from the more than 70,000 hectare blaze prompted the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to issue the order Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

In addition to the entire village of Clinton, home to more than 600 people, 13 additional homes northeast of Clinton were also included in the order.

A full list of the additional homes affected can be found here.

A handful of properties northeast of Clinton were evacuated on Wednesday due to the fire as well.

While Highway 97 has been closed north of Clinton at 70 Mile House and south of Clinton, those travelling southbound from Clinton will be allowed through.

Evacuees must register in Kamloops at the Sandman Centre at 300 Lorne Street. Those who don't require any services can register with the Red Cross by phone at 1-800-863-6582 or on the Red Cross website

The BC Wildfire Service has 351 firefighters fighting the Elephant Hill blaze, along with 19 helicopters and 65 pieces of heavy equipment.

The fire has already destroyed about 60 homes in Loon Lake and more than 40 homes in Boston Flats.  

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