“The Goal is to Get Them Safe”- Chair of CRD
BC Highway cam captures stream of traffic heading south on 97 south of Williams Lake
Prince George, B.C. – It has been a confusing and stressful evening for folks in the Williams Lake area as they face an evacuation order. They have been advised to head south on 97 then east on 24 to Little Fort where they will receive more information.
Cariboo Regional District Chair, Al Richmond says the confusion is because of the fire at Soda Creek which has crossed the highway, making it impossible for those south of that fire to take the northern route, but those living north of that fire were to head to Prince George.
Richmond says those who have been directed to follow the route to Kamloops will be getting more information in Little Fort “They are being directed at the junction of Highway 5” he says the final instructions are changing because “There’s fires all over, so they will be directed either south to Kamloops where we’ve found accommodation for them, they are trying to tell them where they can go.”
Richmond says the situation is changing “Just like the wind does with the fires.” The fires are causing problems north on highway 5, as the full District of Clearwater is on evacuation alert as well “That’s why the people at that corner ( of highways 24 and 5 ) are making that decision. We are dealing with masses of people and it will change as we go along”
He says there are some other communities that are opening up emergency service centres to take the pressure off Kamloops and Prince George, “There’s communities opening up even in the lower mainland to look after evacuees.”
“The goal is to get them safe, Once they are at Little Fort and down that way, they are safe and out of harms way.”