Order downgraded to alert for southeast Chilcotin
Williams Lake, B.C. – Effective immediately, the Cariboo Regional District and the Yunesit’in Government have downgraded the evacuation order for the CRD area south of Highway 20 to Gang Ranch and east to Fraser River and the Yunesit’in IR #2 to an evacuation alert, which means residents are allowed to return to the area.
Before deciding to return, residents are encouraged to consider that wildfire activity continues in these areas, air quality remains poor and the areas are still on evacuation alert.
To see a map of the affected areas: http://bit.ly/2xQ7U4b
Adjacent areas remain on evacuation alert. To view a searchable online map: http://arcg.is/2uGik7U
Residents are returning to an area that has been profoundly affected by wildfire. Wildfires remain active and firefighting activities continue in the area. It is important for residents to stay out of active wildfire areas. Security is in place for surrounding areas. Interfering in an active fire area will result in crews ceasing ground and air operations potentially endangering nearby properties.
Since these areas remain on evacuation alert, residents must be prepared in case the area receives a future evacuation order on short notice. Local governments may not have time to go door-to-door should a new evacuation order be issued. Information about what to do when on evacuation alert is listed below.
It is also important to note that air quality remains poor as a result of smoke from nearby fire activity. Those with respiratory issues, small children and the elderly should consider this before they choose to return to the area.
Residents returning to the area are strongly encouraged to register for the Cariboo Chilcotin Emergency Notification System to receive a text, call or email regarding Evacuation Alerts and Orders: https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612292#/signup
Resiliency Centre Information
Red Cross is currently located at Boitanio Mall and available for assistance. They can be reached at: 1-800-863-6582
For any inquires for Emergency Support Services (ESS) please call: 587-645-5185
Assessing Danger Trees on Affected Properties
For rural properties that have been impacted by wildfire, residents should be aware there may be danger trees in wildfire affected areas. Home owners and private land owners are recommended to work with an insurance agency to have an assessment done by a qualified arborist on their private property.
Remaining On Evacuation Alert
Since the area remains on evacuation alert, residents should remain prepared for an evacuation by:
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