Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update - July 22nd pm

Good evening from a partly sunny Kamloops...

Earlier today - the Cariboo Regional District downgraded an area north of 100 Mile House from an Evacuation Order to an Evacuation Alert with another area around Tzenzaicut Lake also downgrade to an Evacuation Alert. View the full list of current evacuation alerts/order here

The Evacuation Order for the District of 100 Mile House is now downgraded to an Evacuation Alert while there are no active Emergency Operation Centres' in Quesnel/Wells in relation to wildfires

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre can be viewed here

I continue to field a number of questions today relating to returning home.  I will state again, for the record, that there is a process to this.  If you wish to inquire on a permit to return home and you are an essential service (basic community services/emergency services) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line at 1-866-759-4977 or the City of Williams Lake Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) at 250-392-2563 or 250-392-2564.  Both EOC's are open from 8am - 8pm daily

Walt Cobb, Mayor of Williams Lake says earlier this evening:

Well here we are one day closer. The only thing new is the winds we were promised appear to be showing up. Could the weatherman please pick this time to be wrong.
Things are falling into place.
Hydro has repaired the lines that were of concern and we have 2 of the 3 stations secure.
The hospital have staff getting the emergency room prepared.
The fire crew could not get the burn done they wanted so there is still the threat if the wind turns this way.
We had a beautiful day here today with the air quality down to 2.
It's all up to the weatherman now it appears so the fire center can give us some certainty on safety for your return.
Talk to you tomorrow.

The City of Williams Lake also confirming that there will be NO re-entry announced for Monday for the City.

Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government (City of WL here/CRD here) or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here)

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