More than eight thousand people have been ordered to evacuate their homes as wildfires burn through much of British Columbia. And emergency officials expect that number to rise, as gusty winds and hot, dry conditions continue to fan the flames. The latest evacuation orders came late Sunday, when 15-hundred people were told to leave the District of 100 Mile House. An evacuation alert was also issued for the Dragon Mountain Fire just south of Quesnel. Overall, more than 230 square kilometres of forests have burned in the province’s southern and central Interior.
A pair of Evacuation Alerts have also been posted west of Prince George by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako for the Sutherland fire near Fort Fraser and the Tatuk Lake and Finger Lake fire.
There is some good news on the local fire front. A 10 hectare blaze west of Prince George on McBride Timber Road south appears to be beaten. While an evacuation alert remains in effect for 50 properties, residents from the lone property ordered to evacuate, have been allowed to return home. Crews are in the mop-up stage with the fire.
Relief is on the way for the more than BC 1,000 firefighters on the front lines. Over 300 personnel begin arriving from other parts of the country today to support the effort. The federal government has also pledged military support.
The latest Evacuation Orders from the Cariboo are posted below.