‘We’re Doing the Best We Can to Cope with Wildfire’ says 100 Mile House Mayor
100 Mile House, B.C. – The mayor of 100 Mile House says his community remains on evacuation alert in response to the Gustafsen wildfire just west of town.
The fire grew to 1,500 hectares yesterday forcing the evacuation of over 2,000 property owners in the 105 Mile, 108 Mile and Lac La Hache areas yesterday.
“Nothing has changed,” Mitch Campsall told 250News this morning. “We’re still on alert and we’re not going any further than that with the information we have to this point. The Province has declared a state of emergency so there will be more resources coming here so that will be good.”
He added he hasn’t received word yet on how much the blaze grew overnight.
“They are making an assessment on it now so we won’t have that information until later today. They had to wait until daylight. We’ve had so much smoke here they can’t get up into the air to find out what we have.”
Despite the challenges the wildfire has posed, he says the small Cariboo community is doing the best it can.
“We’re doing the best we can to cope but in a small community it makes it tough as we don’t have the resources that the larger communities have. That’s why the state of emergency should help.”
The Province will provide an update on the current wildfire situation B.C. at 1 this afternoon.