CRD Gives the “All Clear”
Williams Lake, B.C. It”s over. The Cariboo Regional District has announced all areas within the CRD are “all clear” and the last evacuation alert , covering the Highway 24 corridor area, has been lifted.
The CRD Emergency Operations centre will close down its operations and public phone lines effective 12 noon today, September 20th.
This is the first time since early July, that there have been no evacuation orders or alerts in the entire Cariboo Regional District.
Although the wildfires continue to burn, crews are confident containment lines and guards will hold within the existing perimeters.
But there is still danger.
Rural property owners should be aware there may be danger trees in wildfire affected areas. Fires have weakened the roots of trees and they could topple at any time. Home owners and private land owners are recommended to work with an insurance agency to have an assessment done by a qualified arborist on their private property.
Residents are strongly encouraged to register for the Cariboo Chilcotin Emergency Notification System to receive a text, call or email regarding evacuation alerts and orders
Livestock producers and farmers returning to their agri-business operations after the who have been eligible for Relocation Assistance through the EOC, have 96 hours to return their livestock to the farm under the current policy.
The Federal and Provincial governments recently made an announcement regarding the Agri-Recovery program. Program details can be found here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0079-001535 .
Any concerns regarding the removal and transport of livestock, supply of feed and recovery in the agri-business sector can be directed to the Ministry of Agriculture at 250-398-4504.