-Kamloops this week
Dwellings in the Juniper Ridge area of Kamloops will be evacuated as the lighting caused by lighting grows in the hills of Juniper and Valleyview.
The fire is one of many that have started at about 6pm due to a severe thunderstorm that continues to produce thunder and lightning at 10pm
The fire below the juniper burns west towards Valleyview and was last estimated to be 50 acres.
Linda Bolton lives on Juniper’s Capilano Drive and spoke to KTW about her vehicle she and her husband were in when they joined for a long time vehicles that made their way to Highland Road – the only road in and out of the neighborhood.
Bolton told firefighters going door-to-door telling residents to leave immediately.
His neighbor banged his door before the firefighters.
“It’s big. Let’s get out of here,” the neighbor said.
KTW salesman Bolton said she and her husband Terry seized their opportunities – photo albums, passports, computers, phone charges and water – and got into the vehicle.
He said the fire was burning behind their home.
“It’s so weird. My neighbor told me when the lightning started that we’d better get the bag in the bag,” Bolton said. “Then this happened.”
The Strawberry Hill above Highway 5 had three or four fires and fire reports south of Mount Paul.
Strawberry Hill burned during the 2003 forest fire season. It was one of many fires in the Kamloops area that destroyed homes, leaving residents in places of emergency.
#BCWildfire The service responds to a fire (K21222) about 8.6 km away #Kamloops. Eight people are currently responding to the fire. The smoke is very visible to travelers # BCHwy5 and within the city #Kamloops.
– BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 2, 2021
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