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Two Mile wildfire near Sicamous remains at 1,000 hectares

Two Mile fire: no change

UPDATE: 7:36 p.m.

The Two Mile Road wildfire south of Sicamous remains the same.

The fire is said to be 1,000 hectares, and continues to be growing primarily away from Sicamous and Swansea Point.

Air tankers are now operating as well as helicopters. Firefighters, heavy machinery and Structural Protection Units continue to be activated.

UPDATE: 3:35 p.m.

Conditions remain mostly unchanged on the Two Mile Road wildfire south of Sicamous.

In a video update on the wildfire posted Friday by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, public information officer Tracy Hughes and emergency operations director Derek Sutherland say about 1,000 people remain under evacuation order, with the remainder of the town on alert, along with Swansea Point to the south.

Twenty-eight BC Wildfire Service personnel continue to fight the fire, with 10 pieces of heavy machinery working on a fire guard between Sicamous Creek on the north flank and Hummingbird Creek in the south.

Sutherland says the fire is growing up slope and away from the community.

ORIGINAL: 11:15 a.m.

The Two Mile Road wildfire near Sicamous has grown to an estimated 1,000 hectares in size.

"The updated size is due to better mapping as well as growth on the fire. Growth was observed in a direction away from Sicamous and crews are making good progress holding the guard with assistance from industry," the BC Wildfire Service posted Friday morning.

The wildfire service is assisting the Sicamous and the Swansea Point fire department with 33 personnel.

Two helicopters and multiple pieces of heavy equipment continue to support the effort.

Crews will continue to work with heavy equipment and industry partners today to build a guard around the fire.

The fire continues to be classified as out of control.

Evacuation orders and alerts remain in place.

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