Cariboo Fire Photo Courtesy: Bev Kendy
Here’s the provincial forest fire situation as of Saturday morning.
A Provincial State of Emergency was declared last night. It gives agencies such as Emergency Management BC, the Fire Commissioner, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the RCMP authority under the Emergency Program Act to take every action necessary to fight these wildfires and protect residents and their communities.
There were 138 new fires started Friday – most the result of a lightning storm which swept through the central interior. The forecast is for calm, but dry weather for today.
The biggest fire is the one between Ashcroft and Cache Creek which forced the evacuation of Cache Creek. There are reports it has consumed many homes in between the two communities.
The large fire in the Cariboo forced thousands of evacuations and has the District of 100 Mile House and other communities on evacuation alert.
A large wildfire north of Princeton also forced a number of evacuations. None of these large fires are under control.
Many highways in the central interior are closed including 97 north of Cache Creek and 100 Mile House, 97C around Ashcroft, 5A north of Princeton and the Trans Canada from Ashcroft to east of Cache Creek.
You can get the latest highway information at http://www.drivebc.ca
Evacuation information and alerts at: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/
Wildfire information at: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
Most of the above also have Twitter feeds
Report any smoke or fire to 911, *5555 or 1-800-663-5555 and remember there is a campfire ban in most of southern BC, including the Okanagan.