Another Evacuation Order Downgraded in Cariboo
Williams Lake, B.C. – Effective immediately, the evacuation order for the area from Alexis Creek to Riske Creek has been downgraded to an evacuation alert, which means residents are allowed to return to the area. 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. Interfering in an active fire area will result in crews ceasing ground and air operations potentially endangering nearby properties.
Before deciding to return, residents are encouraged to consider that wildfire activity continues in these areas, air quality remains poor and the areas are still on evacuation alert.
Some areas in the Cariboo Regional District remain under evacuation order. Further, parts of Highway 20 west of Alexis Creek remain closed. Visit drivebc.ca for details. Please watch for livestock and wildlife on roads as many fences have burned in the area.
Since these areas remain 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. Further, services such as health care may be limited for some time.