Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Fire in BC's Lake Country around '80 per cent contained,' say officials

Fire in BC's Lake Country around '80 per cent contained,' say officials

Williams Lake Coun. Jason Ryll said his truck was already packed and ready to go when the alert was issued late Saturday.

A major wind event is forecast to hit the Cariboo and southern British Columbia today, bringing gusts of up to 70 kilometres per hour to some areas. However windy conditions Saturday fuelled the flames and led to the Evacuation Order. "It's making it hard to fight the fire and to keep everyone safe so they've giving out a lot of evacuation alerts and orders so we can remove that threat and get in there and work properly on the fire without any worry of people being in the path". The alert covers the entire District of Clearwater with the exception of the Canfor Vavenby mill site and the Yellowhead Mines property. "It's going to happen we just have to keep a close eye on how it unfolds". "They should be thinking about their life and safety first".

The Prince George fire centre is dealing with its own issues - the Sutherland Road fire is at 1,800 hectares, the Grizzly Lake fire is 215 hectares and Tatelkuz Lake fire is over 1,000 hectares.

Richmond said the resources in Kamloops may be "stretched".

The Lake Country resident rents his home and says he didn't have much time to pack any belongings.

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

According to the new information officer onsite that number is "due to the areas we haven't fully secured at this time, the areas that have been burnt out but we have to secure them".

Robert Turner of Emergency Management B.C. said about 9,430 of the estimated 16,250 evacuees had registered with the Canadian Red Cross. For more information on growing fires, visit the BC Wildfire Service.

Regional district offices in Quesnel were slated to open Friday to provide permits allowing workers to travel on closed roads to reach the open pit copper-molybdenum mine operated by Taseko Mines Ltd.

Earlier, many other Xatsull community members - including children and elders - were evacuated.

People are bunked at the College of New Caledonia and the University of Northern B.C. and hundreds of volunteers are helping out, including feeding dinners to up to 500 at the college.

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