Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update -- July 30th am

Good morning:

Yesterday and at near midnight today - the Cariboo Regional District issued 2 new Evacuation Alerts and 2 Evacuation Orders, (2 in North Cariboo and 2 in South Cariboo) for full details, you can click here.  For the current Evacuation Alert for the City of Williams Lake - click here.

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

Yesterday's Daily Report from the CRD Emergency Operations Centre is available at:

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas D, F, I, J, K and L) -  you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at

Here is Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb's message to the residents' of Williams Lake yesterday evening:

Good evening. A very interesting day or should I say evening. Morning was good clear blue sky's for most of the day . Started out a little Smokey then cleared up and this afternoon the breeze came up and blew the smoke in. It seamed it was coming from all directions.

No new expansion of fires that I have been told of but with the little extra wind who knows.

The excitement this evening was when the Army showed up at the door (CRD Areas D, E, F) and advised everyone that they were on alert and that they had 1/2 hour to get out. We'll obviously they young service men were not briefed on how to deliver the message and the recipients did not judge the source and under an alert you are to be ready to go within a half hour. Also in the areas that are still under evacuation, if they were home, they were told they had 5 min to leave. Not realizing that under extreme conditions because they were in an evacuating zone that would be the case. So face book kicked in and the panic began.

It has cleared up somewhat re the smoke issue.

All in all the Receiving area at the Mall was quite busy today. Line ups varied front 3/4 of an hour to up to 2 hours depending on needs. The donation center is getting busier. Mostly with deliveries.

If you are donating check in, see what they need. Today they needed kitty litter ( if you can believe it) but mostly cleaning supplies.

If it is perishable foods please take to Salvation Army as the center has no refrigeration abilities so only non perishable goods.

Everyone I talked to are so happy to be home and I can appreciate that.

Some returned by bus this afternoon. They would be delivered to their muster station where they were picked up.

Enough for now. Sleep tight.

Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here)


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