Premier Designate Heading to Kamloops
Prince George, B.C. – Premier designate John Horgan is heading to Kamloops today to visit with those who have been affected by the wildfires raging through the province.Horgan is slated to visit evacuees at Thompson Rivers University and to meet with emergency operations and social service workers.
There are 300 fire fighting personnel from outside B.C. preparing to arrive in B.C. to assist the more than 1000 firefighters and crew already battling the blazes. Yesterday, Minister of Forests John Rustad said the military could be called in as well if need be.
While many of the fires in the Cariboo region have not been accurately mapped because of heavy smoke, the Dragon Mountain fire southeast of Quesnel is an estimated 1,500 hectares. The 150Mile House fire is an estimated 2,500 hectares.
The Gustafsen fire is estimated to be 3,200 hectares, Soda creek blaze is 100 hectares, Spokin Lake fire is estimated to be 100 hectares. The Wildwood fire near the Williams Lake airport is estimated to be 2,000 hectares.