Philpott Road fire update

Firefighting progress on the Philpott wildfire will permit a portion of the Evacuation Order to be rescinded as of 3:00 pm Friday.

Properties changing from Evacuation Order to Evacuation Alert are between 310 and 391 Philpott Road. Exact addresses on Philpott are 310, 320, 321, 330, 331, 340, 341, 350, 351, 360, 361, 370, 371, 380, 381, 390, 391.

A map of the Evacuation Order and Evacuation Alert areas is also available at cordemergency.ca.

The remaining residents on Evacuation Order on Philpott Road should report to the Emergency Support Services reception centre at Willow Park Church, 439 Highway 33 West. They will receive information in case there is an opportunity this weekend to escort those residents to their homes for a brief period to retrieve items that might be needed over the long weekend and for the start of the school year.

The Emergency Support Services reception centre will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. today and Saturday.

18 properties now remain on Evacuation Order and 62 properties are on Evacuation Alert and should be prepared to leave their homes again on short notice, if fire conditions change. To view a detailed map showing properties that are on Order and Alert, please visit www.cordemergency.ca/map

Those returning home are reminded this is still an active fire zone, with fire trucks and other apparatus moving in and out of the area. Residents are asked to remain on their property due to the firefighting effort and the various safety risks within the fire zone.

90 firefighters continue work today containing the Philpott wildfire. Good progress was reported by ground crews overnight, with the fire estimated at 465-hectares - but still only 30% contained.

An area restriction for all Crown land in the vicinity of the Philpott wildfire is in effect. Recreational use of crown land, including hunting, is prohibited in the specified area, check the boundaries and learn more about specific access and restrictions https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FLNR0253-001497

For the latest information visit www.cordemergency.ca