Prepping for the Return to Cache Creek
Prince George, B.C. – There is now a more accurate number of how many people have been forced from their homes because of the wildfires.
Assistant Deputy Minister of Emergency Management B.C. , Robert Turner, says 45,806 people were forced out from a number of communities and 31,935 have registered with Red Cross. He says 84% of all who registered will have received financial assistance by the end of today.
The focus at the moment is on those who are returning to their homes in Cache Creek. The evacuation order for that community will be lifted as of 3 p,m today. While being allowed to return, that doesn’t mean there is no threat. The evacuation alert remains in place and residents may be told to leave again should the flames once again threaten that community.
Turner says the Red Cross will be on site in Cache Creek tomorrow to provide residents with cleaning kits and to provide financial assistance for those residents.
That return will also see an enhanced police presence in Cache Creek with road checks. RCMP Sergeant Annie Linteau says the RCMP will be working with all partner agencies to ensure the return ” is as smooth as possible.” “Residents can expect to see representatives from the Ministry of Transportation and the Commercial Vehicle enforcement at the Big Sky turn off. and there Cache Creek residents will be given priority for their return and the RCMP will be asking for identification at check points.” She says vehicles will be required to queue up 40 to 50 at a time to “facilitate an organized re-entry to Cache Creek.”
Chief Information Officer with BC Wildfire Service, Kevin Skrepnek says there are 155 fires burning in the Province, nine new fires were sparked yesterday.
Here is the latest information on the wildfires:
- Gustafsen: 5,700 hectares, 35% contained
- Ashcroft: Now referring to it as the Elephant Hill fire 52,600 hectares 30%contained evacuation order for Cache Creek is being rescinded, but the evacuation alert remains in place
- Hanceville: 98,000 hectares is the largest fire in the province
- Soda Creek: 280 hectares, 10% contained, is located about 17 kms north of Williams Lake Airport
- White Lake : 12,000 hectares, 10 % contained, ( is about 5-7 kms north west of Williams Lake)
- Wildwood : 13,000 hectares, 20% contained