Prince George Prepared to Help for as Long as it Takes
Prince George, B.C. – The wildfire situation in the interior is showing no sign of letting up, and more hot dry weather is predicted for that part of the province. Evacuees have been arriving in Prince George and Mayor Lyn Hall says the City is “in for what could be long term.”And there are plenty more evacuees coming.
Last night an evacuation order was issued for 100 Mile House, (see previous story) with residents of that community told to head to Prince George.
P.G. Mayor Lyn Hall says the City has the capacity to handle the evacuees, with space set up at CNC, the Northern Sport Centre, and other properties ready to be brought into action should they be needed.
How long evacuees will need to stay in Prince George is not known says Mayor Hall as no one knows how long it will take for the BC Wildfire Service to extinguish the flames. Sadly, for some, says Mayor Hall, there may not be a home to return to “For those evacuees who come here, what have they got to go back to? So if there is nothing to go back to, they may have to arrange to stay here a little longer.”
Mayor Hall says if residents have a home they want to offer as a “home stay” option for evacuees, “Let us know, you can post it on a community bulletin board at the CNC registration office. Then if evacuees want to follow up and contact you, they can do that.”
Although there are a number of small fires in the Prince George region, the BC Wildfire Service says there is no need for concern, that the fires are small and were being actioned.
Yesterday, the fire in Beaverly was estimated to be 10 hectares in size and as of last night, crews were doing a burning off treatment of the blaze. Residents from Lamar Road who had been ordered out of their home on the weekend have been allowed to return to their property however the evacuation alert remains in place as a precautionary measure There were also fires at Pilot Mountain, Baldy Hughes Mtn, Otway and Pidherny.