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Evacuation alert for Highway 97 West to Michelle Bazaeko FSR Area

Aug 11, 2018

Williams Lake, B.C. – Effective immediately, the Cariboo Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for 2,077 properties in the area from Highway 97 West to Michelle Bazaeko Forest Service Road (FSR) area. This includes the communities of Nazko, Baker Creek, Blackwater, Ten Mile Lake, Cinema, Moose Heights and Strathnaver, but only on the west side of Highway 97, with a total of about 2,000 residents impacted.

See a map of the affected areas: https://bit.ly/2vB5uYw

Use the CRD’s online interactive map to see all the areas on evacuation alert or order and the wildfires in the area: https://bit.ly/2r9P2MQ (there may be a delay before the map is updated)

An Evacuation Alert has been issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or property should it be required.

Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN ALERT IS IN EFFECT

Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for the evacuation order by:

  • Having a plan to transport all family members or co-workers outside of the area, should the area be brought under evacuation order.
  • Keeping essential items readily available for a quick departure; including medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc).
  • Ensuring that any dependants are prepared for departure.
  • Moving pets and livestock to a safe area.
  • Ensuring that you have accommodation options for your family, if possible. A Reception Centre will be made available if required.
  • Monitoring reliable news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres and the CRD’s channels on Facebook and cariboord.ca

Further information will be issued as it becomes available. Please visit the CRD Emergency Operations Facebook page at facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations as well as the CRD website at cariboord.ca/EOC.  For more information contact the CRD’s emergency information line at 1-866-759-4977 (8:00am – 10pm daily).

Residents are encouraged to register for the Cariboo Chilcotin Emergency Notification System to receive a text, call or email regarding Evacuation Alerts and Orders: member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612292#/signup

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Media Contact:

EOC Communications

Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre

250-302-9003

eoccommunications@cariboord.ca

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