Evacuation order lifted for Bolean Lake Lodge

Evacuation alert remains in place for Falkland area properties because of wildfire

Crews appear to be getting the upper hand on the Bolean Lake wildfire.

On Friday morning, the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District lifted the evacuation order for the Bolean Lake Lodge.

“Residents within the existing evacuation order are now permitted to return to their properties but remain on evacuation alert and must be prepared to evacuate at short notice if required,” said a CSRD release.

An evacuation order also remains for properties  evacuation for Chase-Falkland Road north of Falkland to the Aurthur Creek Forest Service Road and east to Bolean Lake.

Fifty per cent of the 350-hectare wildfire is contained.

“There’s been really great progress and the weather has made a difference,” said Kelsey Winter, an information officer with the B.C. Wildfire Service.

“There was some rain Thursday and there have been additional resources.”

However, Winter says there is the potential for the fire to flare up and that’s why the evacuation alert for residents continues.

“Crews are still working hard on containment,” she said, adding that the fire danger rating in the Kamloops Fire Centre ranges from high to extreme.

“Even though there has been some precipitation, it hasn’t reduced the fire risk.”

An update on the Bolean Lake fire will be provided to residents at the Falkland Community Hall today (Friday) at 7 p.m.