Smoking stumps and roots will burn into winter at White Rock Lake fire

More evac orders lifted

UPDATE 12:15 p.m.

The evacuation order issued for the seasonal properties on Bouleau Lake and Pinaus Lake due to the White Rock Lake wildfire has been rescinded by the Regional District of North Okanagan.

Property owners/licence holders can travel to their properties to begin assessing damage.

All RDNO Electoral Area properties that were affected by the White Rock Lake wildfire have been given the all clear.

The Bouleau Lake Forest Service Road has been deactivated near the 11-km mark by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations due to significant wildfire damage, however, the BC Wildfire Service has confirmed other forest service roads (FSR) in the area have been assessed and are passable.

FSRs that are deemed unsafe have been deactivated or closed.

ORIGINAL 9:07 a.m.

Despite being under control, the White Rock Lake wildfire continues to burn deep underground as a result of severe drought conditions throughout much of the fire perimeter.

"Given the extent and intensity of this wildfire, residual hot spots and smoke well within the fire's perimeter will continue to be highly visible over the coming weeks," the BC Wildfire Service said in a Thursday morning update.

"All perimeters of the fire continue to be actively monitored or patrolled by wildfire management staff. Hot spots are being identified using thermal imaging technology, and all hot spots within 100 feet of the fire perimeter will continue to be extinguished by ground personnel."

BCWS says smoking stumps and roots within the secured fire perimeter pose no risk of fire spread and will continue to burn into the winter.

"Although smoke will continue to be visible, there is no threat of further spread."

The fire burned a total of 83,342 hectares since its start on July 13.

An area restriction remains in effect, and no hunting or backcountry access is permitted in the fire area as extreme dangers exist, including ash pits, falling trees, falling rocks, unstable slopes and more. Conservations officers are regularly patrolling, and fines will be given to anyone found in the area.

Ninety-two wildland firefighters continue to work on the fire, supported by five helicopters, four danger tree assessors/fallers, and 14 pieces of heavy equipment.

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