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Cariboo Fire Centre staff “sleeping in their offices”

Cariboo Fire Centre staff “sleeping in their offices”

Over the weekend an evacuation order was issued for Williams Lake. Currently, officials are seeing some growth surrounding the White Lake fire, but air support and heavy equipment is on scene.

The winds are expected to blow south, pushing the fire onto itself and away from Williams Lake.

Kevin Skrepnec is the Chief Fire Information Officer, he says the number of fires are down and this can be attributed to the success of crews outing and containing the fires and is an indication of progress.

The wildwood – 150 Mile fires are being treated as one and are about 13,000 hectars in size. There are some light winds in the area and the fires are 20 per cent contained.

Skrepnec said light winds will cause more smoke in the area.

Currently, the BC Wildfire Services Cariboo Centre is at the Williams Lake airport and employees aren’t shying away from their duties.

Skrepnec says the are outside of the airport looks to be in the way of danger, but all that area burned two Fridays ago. The fire centre is keeping key employees on site and evacuated residents who work at the fire centre are literally camping out around the airport and some even sleeping in their offices.

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