More Williams Lake Residents Allowed to Return Home
Prince George, B.C. – Some evacuation orders that have been in place for residents near Williams Lake have been downgraded to an alert.The Cariboo Regional District has announced, portions of the central Cariboo have been downgraded to an evacuation alert, allowing residents of those specific areas to return home. The specific areas can be viewed on maps which can be viewed here:
Officials advise that before residents decide to return they should keep in mind wildfire activity continues in these areas, air quality remains poor and the areas will remain on evacuation alert.
The areas that have been downgraded from an evacuation order to an evacuation alert include:
- a portion of properties around the south half of Soda Creek Road including Frizzi Road.
- portions of the East side of Likely Road.
- a portion of properties along the Highway 97 corridor north of the Wildwood area.
The areas surrounding the downgraded areas remain under evacuation orders.
Residents are returning to an area that has been profoundly affected by wildfire. Wildfires remain active and firefighting activities continue in the area. It is important for residents to stay out of active wildfire areas. Security is in place for surrounding areas. Interfering in an active fire area will result in crews ceasing ground and air operations potentially endangering nearby properties.
Since these areas remain on evacuation alert, residents must be prepared in case the area receives a future evacuation order on short notice.
The route from Prince George into Williams Lake along Highway 97 is open. Please watch for livestock and wildlife on roads around Williams Lake as many fences have burned in the area.
For those who were evacuated from the community via bus contact your closest ESS reception centre for transportation options.
A resiliency centre is available in Williams Lake to provide information and programs of support for wildfire evacuees.
Agencies are available at the resiliency centre at the Boitanio Mall (850 Oliver Street) and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until need subsides.