Emergency officials have issued an Evacuation Order for the city of Williams Lake and surrounding areas. The order came down at 6:00pm Saturday evening.
Williams Lake was issued an Evacuation Alert earlier in the week. Officials thought the community might have escaped the raging wildfires after crews took advantage of a few relatively quiet days to to build some containment lines around the fires. However windy conditions Saturday fuelled the flames and led to the Evacuation Order.
Meantime Evacuation Alerts were issued to several other areas Saturday, including the community of Clearwater. The alert covers the entire District of Clearwater with the exception of the Canfor Vavenby mill site and the Yellowhead Mines property.