Residents around Bonaparte Lake can return home after an evacuation order was downgraded to an alert Thursday, July 15.
The Thompson Nicola Regional District notes following 56 properties remain on evacuation order: 7550 to 7900 Bonaparte-Young Lake FSR; 5885 to 9593 Clinton-Upper Loon Lake FSR; 3050 to 4248 Eagan-Bonaparte Lake FSR; 7248 to 7365 East Young Lake Rd; 6000 French Rd; 1500 Hutchison Rd; 7016 to 7190 Young Lake Subdivision Rd.
An additional 231 properties in the area remain on evacuation alert, according to a BC Wildfire Service update.
The Incident Management Team on the Sparks Lake Wildfire is resourcing the Young Lake wildfire as needed and are monitoring the situation daily.
A cluster of fires near Young Lake has burned into one blaze and is now considered a “fire of note,” estimated at 680 hectares.
The fire, burning out of control 35 kilometres southeast of 70 Mile House, has prompted the Thompson Nicola Regional District to evacuate 117 properties in Electoral Area E (Bonaparte Plateau) Wednesday and put another 170 on alert.
“Increased fire behaviour has been observed in the past 24-hours,” BC Wildfire Service said in its latest update.
The blaze is being managed by resources on the Sparks Lake wildfire, with resources provided as needed, said information officer Hannah Swift. “We do have officers monitoring it daily,” she said.
For more information, visit www.bcwildfire.ca and www.tnrd.ca/emergency-services.
More to come.