Weeks of hot weather and a strong winds ignited a bone-dry forest in B.C.’s Interior on Friday and leading to a weekend of wildfires, road closures, evacuations and a provincial state of emergency.
Over 10,000 people have been evacuated from their homes as of Monday morning, with firefighters using all resources to contain over 130 wildfires burning across the province.
Emergency reinforcements from across the province and country are expected to arrive today to help, but shifting weather — especially wind — could worsen the situation.
For the latest evacuation alerts and orders, visit Emergency Info BC.
- The town of 100 Mile House: residents have been told to go north to Prince George as Kamloops is at capacity.
- The Village of Ashcroft and surrounding area, including the Ashcroft Indian Band.
- The Village of Cache Creek and properties in the surrounding area including north of Scottie Creek and Hithium Lake.
- The community of Little Fort.
- Some properties north of the Town of Princeton.
- Properties in the Loon Lake and Dunn Lake areas as well as properties near Hallamore Lake.
- Properties near Dragon Mountain.
- The Miocene and Wildwood areas, the Lexington Subdivision, Fox Mountain, and Soda Creek.
- Properties near 150 Mile House.
- Properties near South Lakeside.
- Properties near Williams Lake.
- The Moore Mountain area and the area of Alexis Creek.
For the latest road closures and conditions, visit DriveBC.
There is a major road closure on Highway 1 from Ashcroft to Cache Creek. Highway 8 is available as a detour.
There are other closures on:
- Highway 5A
- Highway 97C
- Highway 97 through the Cariboo between Cache Creek and Clinton
- Highway 20
- Highway 24
- Likely Road
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. – 2 Corinthians 9:6