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Designate John Horgan issues statement about Williams Lake evacuation

Designate John Horgan issues statement about Williams Lake evacuation

Premier-designate John Horgan released a statement late Saturday regarding the latest evacuations.

An evacuation order was issued to the city of 11,000 and it was time for him to leave.

A detailed map showing the properties within the Evacuation Order area is available at www.cordemergency.ca/map.

The alert extends the existing alert in the area from Forest Grove to the east boundary of area H, north to the south side of Canim Lake and includes the south side of Mahood Lake.

The evacuation route took residents along Highway 97 south to Highway 24 and then onto Little Fort where they were then directed where the best route was to go.

Residents are being asked to register at the ESS Centre located at the Sandman Centre at 300 Lorne St.

A few small fires reported near Kimberley earlier this week are now out, Shaughnessy said.

Fifteen of those fires pose an immediate threat to communities, the largest of those is burning near Ashcroft and now covers 423 square kilometres.

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A rapidly moving wildfire now located in Electoral Area "A" is threatening properties inthe Clearwater area. The Thompson Nicola Regional District will be giving updates on its website, along with the Central Okanagan Regional District and the Cariboo Regional District.

Frank Bellerose was hoping the winds of change in Williams Lake would not bring wildfire smoke his way.

It's open at the Salvation Army Church in Kelowna at 1480 Sutherland Avenue to provide assistance and group lodging. The provincial authorities are on alert and may order new evacuations on the weekend. It can be found here.

He said crews had been preparing for the winds by conducting controlled burns in the fire path near the communities of Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and 150 Mile House to prevent the fires from spreading.

The residents of 657 other properties are on evacuation alert and should be ready to evacuate on short notice.

A map of the evacuation area can be found here.

Mack stressed it was the community directing and doing the firefighting, although they were co-ordinating their efforts with the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Current highway conditions, including road closures, can be found by calling Drive B.C.'s toll-free line at 1-800-550-4997.


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