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October 27, 2017 4:22 pm

BREAKING NEWS; Evacuation Order Lifted for City of Williams Lake

Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 12:02 PM

Prince George, B.C. – It is news  residents of the City of Williams  Lake have been waiting for.  Those who live  in the City  of Williams Lake  have the green light to  go home  and they can take highway 97.

The announcement was made at Kiwanis Park in Williams Lake at noon

In addition to the lifting of the evacuation order  for most residents,  it has been announced highway 97 is now open in both directions.  That means evacuees   won’t have to take the long way home.

The  evacuation order was  put in place  on July 15th  as wildfires  threatened to  close highways  and  trap residents in that  community.

In a  release issued moments ago,  it was announced  most, but not all residents can return:

The City of Williams Lake, Williams Lake Indian Band and Cariboo Regional District announced today that residents are now allowed to return to the City of Williams Lake, Sugarcane and surrounding areas in the Cariboo Regional District. Before deciding to return, residents are encouraged to consider that wildfire activity continues in the area, air quality remains poor and the area is still on evacuation alert.

The areas that have been changed from an evacuation order to an evacuation alert include:

  • The City of Williams Lake;
  • Sugarcane;
  • 150 Mile House;
  • Fox Mountain;
  • Esler;
  • Pine Valley; and
  • Springhouse (see map at link below for details about all CRD areas surrounding Williams Lake).

Due to ongoing wildfire operations, evacuation orders will remain in place for the following areas:

  • areas north and south of Mountain House Road, including Wildwood;
  • the Spokin Lake area;
  • areas along Soda Creek Road and Frizzi Road;
  • Soda Creek First Nation; and
  • areas in the Chilcotin.

See an overview map at http://bit.ly/2eOhZun. For detailed maps, visit cariboord.ca.

Residents would be returning to an area that has been profoundly affected by wildfire. Wildfires remain active in the area and firefighting activities continue in the area.

Since the area remains on evacuation alert, residents must be prepared in case the area receives a future evacuation order on short notice. Local governments may not have time to go door to door should a new evacuation order be issued. Information about what to do when on evacuation alert is listed below.

It is also important to note that air quality remains poor as a result of smoke from nearby fire activity. Those with respiratory issues, small children and the elderly should consider this before they choose to return to the area.




Great News for many people Please be careful driving home

Fantastic news. Hope everyone has a safe trip home. Glad we could make our home yours for a couple of weeks

It was our pleasure helping out.

Drive home safely and be safe at home. Glad to help out; but I understand the feeling of being ‘home’. Stay safe.

Safe trip home folks. Y’all come back, hear?
But hopefully not on an evac.

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