WATCH: Evacuees from Ashcroft are also in Kamloops, and the fire they left behind is now the biggest in the province. It has tripled in size. Neetu Garcha has more:
Wildfire tears through Loon Lake
Wildfire tears through Loon Lake – Jul 16, 2017
Residents of Ashcroft say they have never seen anything like the Ashcroft Reserve wildfire.
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“It’s unbelievable,” one resident told Global News.
Air quality in the region is poor and smoke and haze hangs in the air. The Ministry of Health is urging residents to avoid strenuous outdoor activities. Anyone experiencing any of the following symptoms should contact their health care provider: difficulty breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways.
Exposure is of particular concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, and lung or heart disease.
Fire officials tell Global News it would take an unseasonably significant rainfall to change the current situation.
Ground crews and heavy equipment will continue to focus on building control lines in an effort to protect property adjacent to the Ashcroft fire, and will perform controlled burning operations to support these control lines if conditions allow.
Fire crews say air tankers may also be used to support these efforts. Crews and equipment will continue working to hold the fire on the west side of Highway 97, and to protect properties in the area.