Now at the tail end of what was a historic wildfire season in the British Columbia Interior, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District has given the green light across its wildfire dashboard.

On Sept. 7, the final Evacuation Alert under the district’s jurisdiction was rescinded for the area around Westwold in relation to the White Rock Lake wildfire. Just one day earlier, the devastating July Mountain wildfire south of Merritt near Brookmere was given the All Clear for its final 133 properties.

White Rock Lake has been downgraded to Under Control, while July Mountain, as of the morning of Sept. 8, is considered Being Held.

According to the most recent report from the Cascades Fire Complex, which encompasses the July Mountain fire and Garrison Lake Fire, sufficient suppression action has been taken that the fires are not likely to spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries under the prevailing and forecasted conditions. 

Fire activity remains stable, but pockets of smouldering ground fire scattered throughout the fire perimeter are still producing smoke.

A ground crew of 107 firefighters and air crew of seven helicopters are now in the process of mopping up hot spots detected by infrared scanning. BC Wildfire Service has issued an Area Restriction Order in the vicinity of both the July Mountain and White Rock Lake fires, for the safety of both the public and the working crews.

Smaller areas within the TNRD boundaries do still show as being under Evacuation Alert according to the district’s dashboard, though they are all under the issuing agencies of First Nations bands, including the Lower Nicola Indian Band and Nooaitch Indian Band.