43 properties along Hwy 5A north of Princeton on evacuation alert

Evac alert for Dry Lake fire

UPDATE 7:30 p.m.

A wildfire burning out of control 24 kilometres northwest of Princeton is now estimated at 22 hectares in size.

Kamloops Fire Centre fire information officer Gagan Lidhran says 29 personnel and 11 pieces of heavy machinery have been working on the fire throughout the day Monday, along with four helicopters and air tankers.

She says the air tankers have completed their work for the day, however, crews will remain on scene throughout the night.

The fire was first reported Sunday evening, and, according to Lindran, is believed to have been lightning caused.

As a result of the fire, the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has placed 43 properties along Highway 5A between Princeton and Allison Lake on evacuation alert.

The Dry Lake Fire has been listed as a "fire of note." It's the only fire with that distinction currently burning in the province.

The highway does remain open to traffic in both directions.


The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has issued an evacuation alert for 43  properties along Highway 5A between Allison Lake and Princeton.

The alert was issued due to the Dry Lake fire burning north of Princeton.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, the fire is approximately 20 hectares in size.

It's believed to have been caused by lightning.

The properties affected by the alert are in Electoral Area "H" between McCaffrey Lake, MacKenzie Lake, Dry Lake, Round Lake and Allison Lake Provincial Park.

Residents under the alert should be prepared to leave immediately should an evacuation order by issued.

The RDOS is working with the BC Wildfire Service to assess the situation.

"Residents and property owners are strongly advised to take proactive measures to prepare for an evacuation order," the RDOS states in a news release.

Click here for a complete list of properties affected by the order.

Highway 5A remains open to traffic.

Castanet News will provide updates and further information as it becomes available.

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