A very active Region for wildfires since 7pm last night...
Since yesterday - the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) issued 4 Evacuation Orders and 2 Evacuation Alerts. For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, 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
If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas B, 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 https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081
Given the predicted increased winds this weekend - the CRD will NOT be reviewing its currently issued evacuation orders or alerts until Monday morning which at that point, a review will take place to see what, if any, damage the increased winds did to the fire situation in the Region and review the status of the existing CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders
A reminder that off-road vehicle use is currently BANNED in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres. More details here. An Area Restriction Order banning access to the back country for ALL Crown Land was issued yesterday by the Cariboo Fire Centre until September 5th or sooner, if conditions allow. Full details here
Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb issued a message to his community last night, as follows:
Took part in the conference call at 8. Things really heated up out west today with the wind. Your CRD site can give you the details. Not pretty.
Although it was windy in town and cleared some of the smoke we were told that around Williams Lake itself all was fine.
It has been so smokey it was impossible to evaluate the extent of today's damage but should get a briefing in the morning when it can be assessed. Apparently on most eastern fronts it has been relatively stable but that does not mean much unless you can see it on a map and know exactly where the fires are.
All in all it has not been a good day for fire fighters or the fire center to try to determine what may be next.
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).
Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:
· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates