Despite showers forecast for the Cariboo this weekend, the rain is unlikely to be enough to douse any active fires. Instead, strong winds may even fuel the flames. More than 16,000 people have been displaced by the more than 180 fires, prompting a province-wide state of emergency and a special air quality statement for B.C.’s interior.
In the Cariboo region, about 10,000 people have been evacuated and another 11,000 are on evacuation alerts.
The Cariboo Regional District is calling for patience as some evacuees approach a week away from their homes. It says the region is dealing with an unprecedented situation. And while it recognizes the growing frustration of displaced residents, it says the alerts and orders are in place for public safety reason.
Officials have confirmed 8 structures have been lost to the flames. The property owners have been notified. And if more discoveries are made, the Regional District will reach out to the affected property owner.