Evacuation Order Issued For Williams Lake

Centre of British Columbia closed off to recreation because of fire danger

However, the problem is with Hwy.

Highway 97 North of Williams Lake was cut off by the wildfire burning in that area. 24 and Hwy. 5, warning of imminent danger from fires and telling people to be ready to flee on a moment's notice.

The evacuation comes after the fire at White Lake jumped the Fraser River at the Rudy Johnson Bridge Saturday afternoon. Television showed a long line of traffic heading slowly south on Hwy. 97.

He's not leaving, and you can't make him.

Sharman, meanwhile, said he is staying put in Williams Lake. "I'll tell you that", said Sue LaChance, one of thousands of residents driving south out of the city. However, thousands had already left the Cariboo city in recent days.

According to an RCMP officer on scene the fire started on a property on Nighthawk Road, Saturday afternoon.

The blaze in Lake Country has grow to 20 hectares in size and is not contained.

The many forest fires are still raging in British Columbia. "Everybody moving north - huge, huge smoke". The city said buses were positioned in 12 areas of the city for people who did not have their own vehicle available.

People who can not drive should meet at one of a dozen muster points located throughout the city, including at Glendale School, the Tourism Centre, and Kwaleen Elementary School where transportation is being organized.

"If we don't go now, we may not be able to get out".

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There have also been evacuations in Lake Country due to a fast-moving fire.

"Anyone who comes to Kamloops will be supported", he said. "We are also grateful when others assist us, like they did previous year with the Burns Bog fire".

Strong winds are reportedly causing the fire to grow. A few dozen homes remained under evacuation orders for the second fire in the area, burning near Lake Cachuma. An alert was issued for an area southwest of Prince George as well.

Fire crews in B.C.'s Lake Country have made progress on a grass fire about 30 kilometres north of Kelowna.

"Richmond said Williams Lake was not being threatened by flames but the major concern was keeping the highways open". I was seeing if they would change their mind but I don't think so.

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

"I'm not too anxious", Mr. Baker said.

The fire danger rating for the area remains high, she added.

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. "Most of those who have evacuated have not registered".

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