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New fires in Prince George, Williams Lake

New fires in Prince George, Williams Lake

Currently there are 218 fires continuing to burn across the territory, 29 of which started yesterday. That number is comparably lower than the estimated 100 that started on Saturday or the 138 fires that started Friday alone.

Kevin Skrepnec is the Chief Fire Information Officer and he says 3 new fires are affecting the Prince George area.

Currently fires are burning on Sutherland Road, out at Grizzly Lake and third fire 118 kilometres southwest of the city at Tatelkuz Lake.

There is a complex of fires outside Williams Lake that has burned almost 10,000 hectares of land. Officials are treating these fires as one single incident, although the individual fires have not combined.

70 parks throughout the province have been closed due to the wildfire situations and a province-wide fire ban has been imposed. The only areas that are not under an open fire ban are Haida Gwaii and an area known as the ‘fog zone’ just north of Vancouver.

The BC government has called in help from the federal government along with other provinces.

Currently there are estimated to be around 14,000 evacuees across the province.

Emergency Social Services Reception Centres have been established at the Curling Rink on Airport Road in 100 Mile House and the Ramada Inn Convention Centre in Williams Lake.

The CRD’s EOC Public Information line is 250-398-5117.

Evacuees are urged to register at one of the Emergency Social Services Reception Centres, even if they don’t require services, so that they can be contacted for public meetings or updates.

All evacuees in the Williams Lake area are requested to register with Emergency Social Services, in person, and then proceed to the Prince George centre at the College of New Caledonia on 22nd Avenue.

If you are under an Evacuation Order you are eligible to register with Canadian Red Cross. Please register online at redcross.ca/gethelp or call the contact centre at 1-800-863-6582 to have an agent help you register.

For up to date fire information, please follow the Cariboo Fire Centre on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo or call 1-888-336-7378.

For up to date information on Highway closures, please visit www.drivebc.ca. For more information regarding evacuations, please visit the CRD’s website at cariboord.ca.

For information of an urgent nature please call 250-392-2364.

 

Detecting new fires in this situation can be challenging due to poor visibility. If you spot a wildfire, or a distinct column of smoke, please report it to *5555 (or 1-800-663-5555 on a landline) as soon as possible. The more information we have, the more effective our response will be.

To see the current smoke forecast for western Canada, check here: http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/BSC00WC04/current/
For information about air quality, check: http://www.bcairquality.ca
Those with health concerns should contact their local health authority.

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