BC New Democrats poised to take power, inherit state of wildfire emergency

Cheryl Sanders
July 18, 2017

The inferno's progress prompted authorities to take new emergency measures, ordering the evacuation of 24,000 people in the region including the town of Williams Lake which is home to some 11,000 people, reported public broadcaster CBC.

When the fires initially started, nearly immediately, the community of Xatsull was told they were on their own, but had slowly gathered resources to fight the fires, said Mack.

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb said he feels heartened after forecast stronger winds failed to materialize earlier this week, giving ground crews time to prepare for the worst.

Those fires have already displaced 17,000 people with another 27,000 people being told they may have to leave their homes with very little notice.

As of Monday evening, approximately 3,000 firefighters have been deployed to battle the fires, many of which are still burning out of control.

Evacuees requiring local lodging and food vouchers are asked to register in person at the Penticton Reception Centre at the Penticton Community Centre at 325 Power Street.

The many forest fires are still raging in British Columbia.

On Sunday, there were approximately 37,000 evacuees across B.C. Evacuees have begun to show up in the Lower Mainland; now, there are 616 at the Cloverdale Arena evacuation centre and 330 people at the Chilliwack Secondary centre.

As quoted by the Sputnik International, now about 2,900 firefighters and 203 aircraft are involved in a fire-extinguishing operation, while the country's authorities have already spent over 80 million United States dollars to fight the natural cataclysm, the CBC broadcaster reported on Sunday, citing Canadian Minister of Forests John Rustad.

The flames were largely overcome, but the situation was not fully stabilized, he added.

The District of Clearwater remains under an evacuation alert.

About 40 kilometres north of Cache Creek, the Ashcroft Reserve fire tore through Loon Lake.

For the latest wildfire info, call the B.C. Wildfire Service at 1-888-336-7378.

The B.C. Wildfire Service is asking that people please avoid the backcountry this weekend as tinder dry conditions persist.

"We were seeing violent fire behaviour out there on many instances. We want them to know, all evacuees to know, that their government and their fellow British Columbians and in fact people across the country have got their backs".

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