Update on the B.C. Wildfires

Posted by on Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thousands or residents have been forced out of Williams Lake due to the massive wildfires burning in British Columbia.

An evacuation order was issued Saturday evening for the entire City of Williams Lake and numerous surrounding areas including the village of 150 Mile House.

In total there are about 17,000 people displaced.

Another 27,000 people are on edge knowing that they may need to leave their homes at a moment's notice.

RCMP said that many roads are closed due to the fire.

Evacuees are asked to register with the Canadian Red Cross, even if aid is not required. To register visit www.redcross.ca or call 1 800 863-6582.

The Government of B.C. is providing $100 million in funding for the Canadian Red Cross to provide direct assistance to evacuees and communities impacted by wildfires. 

Information on the whereabouts of Interior Health hospital patients relocated due to the fires is available by calling 1 877 442-2001.

An estimated $77 million has already been spent on fire suppression.

There are special air quality statements in effect for a good chunk of the province.

The Team

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