The Cariboo Regional District has lifted evacuation orders and replaced them with alerts for the Maeford Lake area as well as Kleena Kleene and Tatla Lake areas.
The areas still remain on alert and officials are asking residents to consider wildfire activity in their area before returning home.
Because of ongoing fire suppression efforts, access to some areas may be limited and at the discretion of check point personnel.
Wildfires remain active in these areas as firefighting activities continue. It is important for residents to stay out of active wildfire areas. Interfering in an active fire area will result in crews ceasing ground and air operations potentially endangering nearby properties.
Officials are urging residents to sign up for updates with the Cariboo-Chilcotin Emergency Notification System.
A re-entry booklet is available with important considerations for returning residents including insurance information, safety, water and sewer, and clean up and food disposal recommendations. Copies are available at the Resiliency Centre in Williams Lake and are available online here: http://bit.ly/2uGfOjO
Resiliency Centre Available
A resiliency centre is available in Williams Lake to provide information and programs of support for wildfire evacuees.
The resiliency centre is set up at the Boitanio Mall (850 Oliver Street) and will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until need subsides. Contact the Resiliency Centre at 250-305-0226.
Both Red Cross and Emergency Support Services have booths at the centre. Red Cross services are available to anyone returning to the area that requires assistance. The Red Cross can be reached at 1-800-863-6582.
Assessing Danger Trees on Affected Properties
For rural properties that have been impacted by wildfire, residents should be aware there may be danger trees in wildfire affected areas. Home owners and private land owners are recommended to work with an insurance agency to have an assessment done by a qualified arborist on their private property.
Remaining On Evacuation Alert
Since the area remains on evacuation alert, residents should remain prepared for an evacuation by:
- Having a plan to transport all family members or co-workers outside the area, should the area be brought back under evacuation order.
- Keeping essential items readily available for a quick departure, including medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc).
- Ensuring that any dependents are prepared for departure.
- Ensuring that pets and livestock remain in a safe area.
- Ensuring that you have accommodation options for your family, if possible. A Reception Centre will be made available again if required.
- Monitoring reliable news sources for evacuation order information. Further information will be issued as it becomes available.