Homes lost in South Cariboo due to wildfires

Homes lost in South Cariboo due to wildfires

Homes lost in South Cariboo due to wildfires

Dixon said that half of those people were registered today.

16 new fires were sparked yesterday and according to the province.

West Kelowna also sent one incident commander.

"We thought we were in trouble", Riley said.

The BC Wildfire Service is now reporting the 150 Mile House fire south of Williams Lake is 50 per cent contained.

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A few dozen homes remained under evacuation orders for another fire burning near Lake Cachuma.

So far the more than 200 fires don't appear to have caused any deaths or serious injuries, but provincial officials stated that about 38,000 hectares have been damaged and 14,000 people had been forced to evacuate their homes.

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Evacuation alerts and orders have been issued for Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Princeton, 105 Mile House and 108 Mile House.

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Since April there have been more than 600 blazes and crews are keeping an eye on the forecast which calls for possible lightning and wind this weekend.

The community doesn't have a firehall, a new water reservoir hasn't been connected to their main supply yet and they don't have a formal emergency response plan in place.

"We weren't prepared for it of course because it happened in a blink of an eye, but we snapped into action and everyone did their part", he said.

Local crews are also ready in case a wildfire sparks closer to home, said Whiting.

More than $53 million of B.C.'s $63-million wildfire budget has been spent since the season began on April 1, but once it is exceeded, the wildfire service has immediate access to contingency funding, Skrepnek said.

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