Extent of damage remains unclear as winds fan BC wildfires

Extent of damage remains unclear as winds fan BC wildfires

Extent of damage remains unclear as winds fan BC wildfires

Phane Ray said crews are most concerned today with the forecast of high winds -up to 50 km an hour.

Behind him, lineups of evacuees from the Williams Lake area stood waiting to be registered and, potentially, receive access to one of about 500 cots set up inside the arena.

When an evacuation alert was issued for Williams Lake on Monday (July 10), many residents began preparing for an exodus.

Over 100 of the Williams Lake evacuees fled to Vernon Saturday to seek emergency lodging, but Penticton has only checked in about 15 people.

Highway 97 North of Williams Lake was cut off by the wildfire burning in that area.

As emergency-management officials work to find new space in the Tournament Capital for large-scale temporary lodging, Stone said the city is nearly full. "If residents are unable to get to a muster point, please call the RCMP at 250-392-6211 immediately".

Officials are asking evacuees to register with the Red Cross by calling 1‐800‐863‐6582 and have set up 500 cots at the arena and hope to add another 200.

While fire activity has ramped up in the past few weeks, Skrepnek said, 2017 is not an unusual intense fire season.

Reception centres have also started popping up in Metro Vancouver, including the Cloverdale Arena in Surrey.

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

An evacuation order has been issued for the area surrounding, and including 150 Mile House.

That highway remains closed southbound, between Kersley and Williams Lake.

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

Fifteen of those fires pose an immediate threat to communities, the largest of those is burning near Ashcroft and now covers 423 square kilometres. The city said buses were positioned in 12 areas of the city for people who did not have their own vehicle available.

Strong winds are reportedly causing the fire to grow.

Central Okanagan firefighters were thrust into action Saturday afternoon, when a fire broke out north of Carrs Landing in Lake Country.

Earlier, many other Xatsull community members - including children and elders - were evacuated. That fire is now approximately 80 per cent contained and evacuees were directed to the Salvation Army Church in Kelowna at 1480 Sutherland Ave.

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