The Cariboo Fire Centre is expecting increased fire behaviour on wildfires burning throughout the region Wednesday.
Officials say the weather forecast is calling for southwesterly winds of 10-20 kilometres per hour, temperatures in the high 20s, and the possibility of lightning in the northern two-thirds of the fire centre’s area of operations.
Both the City of Williams Lake and Cariboo Regional District issued evacuation alerts for the City of Williams Lake and the fringe areas surrounding the city due to the possibility of increased fire behaviour.
“Given the weather forecast for Wednesday and the information we have received from the Cariboo Fire Centre, we have issued evacuation alerts as a precautionary measure for the City of Williams Lake and surrounding areas. We don’t want to cause alarm; however, we want residents to know what kind of fire behaviour is expected on Wednesday,” states Cariboo Regional District Chair Al Richmond.
City of Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb says, “We want to ensure that residents have sufficient time to be prepared in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. Please make sure you’ve taken appropriate steps should an evacuation be necessary. If you require assistance, please reach out and do so now.”
To find Evacuation Alert information for the Cariboo Regional District, visit the CRD’s website at cariboord.ca, follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations or on Twitter @CaribooRD. You can also contact the Public Information Line at 1-866-759-4977.
Officials say ensuring the public safety, keeping highways open to allow movement out of affected areas, and protecting critical infrastructure are their key objectives.
The forecast for Thursday looks more promising with less wind and more stability.