150 Evacuees In Prince George
Prince George, B.C. – As fires continue to burn in the Cariboo, about 150 people evacuated from that region have arrived in Prince George and registered at the College of New Caledonia, the designated Emergency Operations Reception Centre. About 80 spent the night at the College.
(at right, City employee Rance Ellington installs one of the nearly 100 cots that were set up in the College of New Caledonia gymnasium yesterday. By last night, most of those cots were being used by evacuees)
.Additional beds and blankets are scheduled to arrive from Edmonton this morning and some will be set up in the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre at UNBC. The reception centre for all evacuees, however, will continue to be at CNC. Food services are also in place at the College.
There have been many generous offers from volunteers and others but donations are currently not needed at the emergency reception centre. Residents can contribute by being especially welcoming to visitors from the Cariboo and personally offering support.
The Red Cross has also established a BC Fires Appeal which can be accessed by clicking here.
Prince George Fire Rescue is continuing to provide fire protection services in the City. Two or three small fires that were ignited from the lightning storm on Friday have been extinguished. Nevertheless, firefighters are reminding residents to be cautious given the hot, dry conditions we’ve been experiencing lately and that are forecasted to continue.