37000 people displaced as resources stretched to fight BC wildfires

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Strong winds have strengthened numerous wildfires burning across B.C.’s Interior, forcing thousands more people out of their homes and posing serious challenges for officials trying to meet the needs of as many as 37,000 evacuees. Later in the day, those in the area bordered by the Fraser River, the Quesnel River, Anthone Lake, MacIntosh Lake and the existing order at 150 Mile House, were also ordered to leave.

“We did have good news this morning that the fire is not threatening Williams Lake at this time”. They originally meant to direct the evacuees to the city of Prince George, to the north, but the flames had gained that highway, he said.

“We don’t want to be in a situation where we have no access for the number of people who have to be moved out of here”, said Cariboo Regional District chairman Al Richmond. They were re-routed to Kamloops.

He said they’re concerned about overloading the centre and he’s urging all evacuees to call the Red Cross, which is helping co-ordinate the efforts.

She said the fire is burning very aggressively because of the weather, the dry fuel and the region’s topography.

“It makes it hard to fight fire [while] now everyone is safe, so [authorities] have given many warnings and evacuation orders so we can eliminate the threat, get us there And work well without worrying about people in the neighborhood”.

“It’s complex”, Dupont said.

Authorities reported that a fire at Lake Country in the Okanagan region damaged a dozen homes and other structures. The fire is now 80 per cent contained. Approximately 650 homes remain on alert. The City of Surrey opened up an emergency centre at the Cloverdale Arena on Friday.

The Chilliwack Fire Department said they have helped 134 evacuees this week alone.