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UPDATE: Ashcroft wildfire sits at 4,200 hectares

Cache creek remains on a local state of emergency, while Ashcroft remains on an evacuation alert

UPDATE: 9 p.m.

The BC Wildfire Service has pegged the Ashcroft wildfire at 4,200 hectares as of 9 p.m. Saturday.

A total of 41 firefighters, rotary-wing aircraft, heavy equipment and support personnel were fighting the blaze today.

Cache creek remains on a local state of emergency, while Ashcroft remains on an evacuation alert.

The fire is suspected to be human-caused, according to the BC Wildfire Service, but remains under investigation.

Fire origin and cause personnel have been assigned to the incident and will conduct an investigation as safe access to the area allows.

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UPDATE:

Watch the video below for a full recap of the live information meeting for evacuees.

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ORIGINAL

Live on scene at Logan Lake.

HAPPENING NOW: Ashcroft-Cache Creek editor Barbara Roden gives an update on the Ashcroft fire. SEE MORE: http://www.ashcroftcachecreekjournal.com/news/ashcroft-fire-grows-to-3900-hectares/

Posted by Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Overnight, the Ashcroft wildfire has grown to 3,900 hectares in size – that’s about 9,633 acres.

The fire is suspected to be human-caused, according to BC Wildfire Service.

Cache creek remains on a local state of emergency, while Ashcroft remains on an evacuation alert.

Roughly 2,000 Ashcroft and Boston Flats residents are without electricity.

The Ashcroft fire is one of four notable fires currently burning in the province. BC Wildfire Service says 159 new fires started yesterday, due to lightning.

Highway closure updates:

Highway 1 remains closed westbound 4 km west of Savona, and in both directions from Ashcroft to Cache Creek. Highway 97C is closed in both direction from the Junction with Highway 1, and is open to local traffic only from Logan Lake to Ashcroft because of Forest Fire.

We will be bringing you details as they come.

Have news tips, photo or video on any B.C. wildfires? Email provincial reporter Ashley Wadhwani at
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca
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