Friday, July 7, 2017

BC Wildfires claim Interior homes, force evacuations, close roads

Much of Highway 97 is closed, as are stretches of the Trans Canada Highway and
Highway 20  as Wild fire rage across the Interior portion of British Columbia into the weekend


An emergency situation has evolved throughout the Interior portion of British Columbia through the day today, as a number of wildfires have raced through tinder dry areas from Quesnel to Ashcroft.

The fires have resulted in mass evacuations of a number of communities, while others remain on alert for possible evacuation.

Much of the large scale concern at the moment is focused on the Cache Creek/Ashcroft region of Highway 97 South, where a number of homes have been reported as destroyed, while residents have been directed to emergency relocation centres in Kamloops.

To the north another fire burning near Williams Lake has ringed the city's airport region, leaving municipal officials to keep watch as to where the fire may transit next.

The condition have resulted in a number of road closures for portions of Highways 97, 20 and the Trans Canada Highway, making for the need for extensive re-routing for those travelling the province's roadways this weekend trying to transit from South to North.

The nature of the fire emergency has seen CBC 1 in British Columbia provide for special programming out of their Kelowna studio, they offered up dates for those in the region and beyond up until 8:30 on Friday evening.

Further updates from that radio service, as they are made available can be found here.

Other notes related to the wildfire watch can be found below:

BC Wildfires of Note (updated daily)

Provincial state of emergency declared (BC Gov't statement)

BC RCMP Assisting with Fires ask for continued patience (RCMP statement)



B.C. declares state of emergency as wildfires burn out of control
Province wide state of emergency declared
Provincial State of Emergency declared
Province wide state of emergency declared

Red Cross of Canada BC Fires appeal

Notes from the North Coast Review

July 21 -- City of Prince Rupert clarifies Local Burn Prohibitions
July 21 -- Busy first few days for Jennifer Rice as BC's wildfire battles continue
July 21 -- Jennifer Rice given parliamentary secretary duties in John Horgan government
July 18 -- Aussie Assist ahead for BC wildfires
July 12 -- Northern Savings joins other BC Credit Unions in aid of Red Cross BC wildfire efforts
July 12 -- Amidst all the goodwill towards Cariboo fire victims, others have ill intent
July 10 -- Open Fire Ban now in effect across Northwest BC
July 10 -- Interior Fires continue to burn, sending Cariboo residents to evacuation centres

Cache Creek/Ashcroft

CIFM radio
CFJC TV


July 24 

Terror, agony and a new beginning in fire-scarred B.C.
Elephant Hill fire perimeter mapped at 61,499 hectares
Several new blazes sparked over the weekend
Ashcroft residents gather to discuss an emergency plan
Supports and services in place for Ashcroft Indian Band members
Remaining wildfire evacuees anxious to return home
Fire crews watching the weather as 154 wildfires burn across the province
TNRF rescinds some evacuation alerts near Little Fort, Clearwater


July 23

Small flare ups but no significant growth  on Elephant Hill fire
Winds create concerns as some B.C. wildfire evacuees return home
Thousands of hot dogs served up to evacuees for National Hot Dog Day


July 22

Elephant Hill fire has not grown outside of its perimeter today
Government officials work to assure wildfire evacuees
Storm system provides little relief, brings lightning to parched BC back country


July 21

'Almost no growth' on Elephant Hill Fire
Loon Lake waits to go home
Clinton corridor and other evacuation orders downgraded
BC Wildheart fundraiser raised money for wildfire relief
Bonaparte evacuation order lifted, though some never left


July 20 

Clinton Corridor and other evacuation orders downgraded
Ashcroft fire renamed so it would not infer blame on a community
Some crews replaced on Elephant Hill fire (formerly Ashcroft Reserve)
Cache Creek residents return, crews battle Elephant Hill wildfire
Cleaning off fire retardant No. 1 priority for Cache Creek residents
NDP cabinet minister visit Kamloops, stress wildfires remain Number One Priority
Recent rainfall welcome sight for wildfire crews
Bonaparte band digs in for duration of fire season
Treated like royalty by the Tk'emlups Indian Band


July 19 

The Elephant Hill (formerly Ashcroft Reserve) fire jumping the Bonaparte River is not a concern at this time
CRD announces 41 homes lost to date in the Cariboo
The 'Postmen' ship supplies to communities impacted by wildfires
Wildfire threat eases, light rain expected Thursday
41 homes confirmed destroyed in the Cariboo
Cache Creek residents receiving food, supplies from United Way, food bank
Wildfire evacuees greeted with generosity at Tk'emlups Pow Wow grounds
Kamloop's largest donation centre for evacuees relocates


July 18 

Cache Creek residents return home after being forced out by fires
Elephant Hill (Ashcroft fire 30 per cent contained
Returning evacuees need to think safety first for food, water and more
Wildfire situation remains fluid as more help arrives
BC officials face challenges in bringing people home after fire evacuations
Prepping for the Return to Cache Creek
'Everybody's anxious to get back home' says Cache Creek Mayor


July 17, 2017 

Cache Creek evacuation order to be lifted at 3 PM on Tuesday, July 18
'I'm seeing some optimism and some belief on the faces of the crew that's just huge'
Evacuation alert to be lifted for Cache Creek
Clearwater not yet in the clear as fire threatens district
Welcoming evacuees requires precision planning
Loon Lake to be evaluated for fire damage


July 16, 2017

Ashcroft Reserve fire grows to 52,600 hectares
Wildfire evacuees asked not to renew ESS early
Red Cross ramps up wildfire relief efforts
Extent of damage remains unclear as winds fan B.C. wildfires
District of Clearwater issues boil water advisory
Sunday wildfire updates
Save on Foods donates tonnes of food for wildfire responders and evacuees
Deputy Mayor Arjun Singh praises wildfire volunteer efforts
'Saying our prayers and begging Mother Nature to give us a break'
8 home destryoed in wildfire in B.C's Lake Country
"It's homes, it's lives, it's memories': Wildfire tears through B.C.'s Loon Lake
'Trying to save what we've worked so hard for': Loon Lake Fire causes devastation


July 15, 2017

Marsden Lae area evacuation order
Ashcroft Reserve fire estimated to be 42,300 hectares
News of Ashcroft Fire reaches around the world
Ashcroft pool a handy source of water for helicopters fighting fire
Account set up for donations for Boston Flats victims
Ashcroft Reserve fire explodes to 42,000 hectares, evacuation expanded
Wildfire ravages Lake country, destroying homes
Dunn Lake fires spur evacuation of East Blackpool
Former Kelowna fire chief on wildfires: 'it's deja vu'
Evacuation alert south of Little Fort
District of Clearwater under Evacuation Alert
Thompson-Nicola Regional District issues Evacuation order


July 14, 2017

Loon Lake under evacuation, Clinton on alert
Loon Lake evacuated, Clinton put on alert as Ashcroft fire grows
Defence Minister touches down in Kamloops, voices federal commitment to wildfires
Environment Canada issues wind warning for Saturday
Wildfire leads to evacuation order for Loon Lake, alert for Clinton
Wildfire update encouraging, but weekend weather a worry
Canada's defence minister visits wildfire evacuees in Kamloops
Plenty of help for wildfire victims
Clinton under Evacuation Alert
Fighting forest fires with technology: how drones and infrared cameras could be game-changers


July 13

Current situation 'unprecedented'
Ashcroft-area wildfire leaves many homeless, evacuated, and under alert
Food and supplies arrive in Ashcroft for those in need
We will bend, but we will not break
Ashcroft Reserve fire remains uncontained, but burning away from Cache Creek
Weekend weather pivotal in wildfire battle in B.C.
Satellite images show just how much damage B.C.'s wildfires have left behind


July 12

Weather improvement for B.C. Wildfires, but crews brace for lightning, wind
Cache Creek residents want to go back home with fire moving north
B.C. Cattlemen's Association looking for long-term livestock placements
Province's wildfire relief funding begins amid evacuee frustration
Man who snapped images of firefighters' bonfire speaks out
Food supplies available for South Cariboo residents and evacuees
Discounted hotel rooms for wildfire evacuees
B.C. wildfire threaten as many as 20,000 cattle: association
Tour the command node: Kamloops centre tirelessly coordinates fire response
Kamloops women set up donation centre for wildfire evacuees
Photos of B.C. firefighters ignoring campfire ban posted to social media: ministry investigating
B.C. wildfire evacuees receive touching note and gift from Fort McMurray residents
Military helicopter makes precautionary landing at YLW
Drone video shows devastation in Boston Flats after wildfire rips through region
Crews see progress in Interior wildfire battles
Plenty of help for wildfire victims


July 11

Residents of Boston Flats trailer park reacts to seeing devastation
Help pours in for wildfire evacuees in Kamloops
Evacuation order rescinded for Little Fort
Officials say most wildfire evacuees haven't registered, can't be counted
More evacuation alerts in Cache Creek area
BC getting 310 extra firefighters to attack flames
Devastating footage from Boston Flats
Live from the evacuation zone
Barns available for wildfire evacuees
B.C. Wildfire evacuees question delays in relief money


July 10, 2017 

Ashcroft wildfire hits 6,100 hectares
Five things you need to know about the B.C. wildfires
Provincial firefighters struggle to control more than 220 wildfires
Wildfires in British Columbia Interior begin to exact economic toll
'Bigger and better,' family plans to rebuild after wildfire takes their home
Challenging times bring out the best and worst in people
The small things count for wildfire evacuees
Tragedy often brings out the best in people
City of Kamloops has now closed 14 parks due to wildfire danger
Situation 'deteriorating' fire crews face challenging conditions ahead
Travellers should expect airport delays, cancellations
B.C. is burning, 14,000 people displaced in hot, dry conditions
'We are going back to nothing': B.C. wildfire evacuees left with just ashes
As B.C. wildfires devastate towns, emergency crews scramble to keep up with blazes
Almost half of fires reported in B.C. this year caused by humans: province
B.C. First Nation communities fight desperately to save their homes from wildfire


July 9

RCMP, firefighters keeping Cache Creek in safe hands
More evacuation orders as wildfires grow
$100M for cities devastated by B.C. wildfires
Horgan speaks on B.C.'s wildfires in Kamloops
New evacuation ordered as Cache Creek wildfire burns
Tearful wildfire victims hoping to get back home soon, thankful for help
CIFM transmitter burns to the ground near Aschcroft
Canadian Forces to assist in battle against B.C. wildfires


July 8, 2017

Meeting for evacuees 
Where to find power, food and help during Ashcroft wildfire
Evacuation orders expand North of Cache Creek
Wildfires blaze through B.C.
Untold numbers of buildings destroyed in wildfires
'Extraordinary' fire situation with over 170 new fires started in B.C.: official
'It feels as if all of B.C. is on fire'
British Columbians work together in time of crisis
Evacuees recount watching homes burn in B.C. wildfires
Nearly 200 wildfires burn through B.C. as state of emergency continues


July 7, 2017

Ashcroft wildfire grows from 700 to 4,000 hectares in about five hours
Entire town of Cache Creek ordered evacuated as massive wildfire nears
Aggressive fire in Ashcroft takes out structures, forces evacuations
Evacuation ordered for Cache Creek due to wildfire
What to do in an evacuation
Village of Cache Creek evacuated due to Ashcroft wildfire
Evacuations ordered in Ashcroft and Cache Creek as wildfires grow
Ashcroft Wildfire: 700 hectares evacuation order for Cache Creek, Ashcroft Hospital closed
Evacuation order issued for entire town of Ashcroft
Out of control fire near Ashcroft confirmed to have burned structures
Entire Village of Cache Creek to be evacuated
Fire destroys business

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100 Mile House

The Goat/Country 840/Cariboo Country
Cariboo Radio

July 24 

Gustafsen fire 100 per cent contained
Last South Cariboo CRD evacuation orders lifted
100 Mile Pets going home with care packages


July 23

Crews continue to make progress on Gustafsen fire
South Cariboo Rec Centre acts as information hub for evacuees
Treated like royalty
We were fortunate
Health Info for 108 Mile Returnees


July 22

Effective Immediately: Reentry to start for 100 Mile and south Cariboo
Gustafsen fire 90 per cent contained
Evacuation Orders lifted for 100 Mile and Parts of the South Cariboo
100 Mile House and area residents allowed home
Gustafsen Fire 90 percent contained
100 Mile House residents going home
Huge progress on Gustafsen Wildfire
Some evacuees in 100 Mile House area get to go home


July 21

Good progress on Gustafsen fire today


July 20

Gustafsen fire at 65 percent containment
100 Mile seeks advice from Fort McMurray


July 19, 2017

New crews on Gustafsen fire
41 homes confirmed lost in the Cariboo due to wildfire
Premier Horgan extends provincial state of emergency two more weeks


July 18, 2017

Gustafsen fire 45 per cent contained
Barnett: 'This is not about politics, it's about people and their livelihoods, their families and friends'
Hope for 100 Mile resident in Penticton
SPCA helps animals behind evacuation lines
Arrest made in evacuated 100 Mile House
Arrest in evacuation zone
Man arrested in evacuated 100 Mile House Zone
Wildfires sideline a thousand workers in the Cariboo


July 17, 2017

Gustafsen fire 35 per cent contained
100 Mile Fire Rescue gets first break since fire started
White Lake fire gives city a break, for now
CRD and 100 Mile begin evaluating safe return for evacuated residents
100 Mile House resident missing
Elderly evacuee not seen in over a week
Missing elderly person
Good News on South Cariboo Wildfire front
Re-entry plans in works for evacuated south cariboo residents
Officials exploring 100 Mile House re-entry


July 16, 2017

No evacuees to be turned away from Kamloops: MLA
Finding the silver lining in an evacuation
Evacuee benefits extended to July 20
Several New communities now under fire threat
Progress on Gustafson Fire near 100 Mile House
Gustafsen fire 25 per cent contained


July 15, 2017

Area L and H on evacuation alert: Green Lake, Horse Lake, Highway 24 corridor, Mahood Lake


July 14, 2017

Save-On-Foods donates $8,000 worth of food
Prince George man arrested in 100 Mile House
Another arrest in Evacuation Zone
Resort now home to firefighters


July 13, 2017 

Controlled burn successful
Prescription refill clinic to set up Friday at Lone Butte Fire Hall
Local businesses impacted by wildfire
Wildfires burn 111,000 hectares across BC
Fire situation unprecedented
Alleged looter faces charges
That's the anchor of the whole family': home in 100 Mile House destroyed by wildfire
B.C. wildfire evacuee falls victim to rental scam
TV's Timber Kings fight to save log homes after B.C. wildfires destroy construction site
Wildfire evacuees seek refuge in Kelowna
Residents of 100 Mile House won't be allowed home for at least another week


July 12, 2017

Two homes lost in 108, none in 100 Mile
"Another pretty good day" on the Gustafsen Fire
Thanking firefighters on the front line
Wildfire evacuees frustrated with Red Cross waits
Boaters causing problems for Water Bombers in the South Cariboo
Progress on fire that led to the evacuation of 100 Mile
100 Mile Mayor says extended evacuation is necessary
Some B.C. food stores empty, others overstocked amid wildfires
Calmer weather helping B.C. firefighters, but winds expected to return
Boaters blocking air tankers fighting B.C. wildfires, says official
All eyes on the weather
Ranchers near 100 Mile House defy evacuation order, fight to save homes


July 11, 2017

No places to get food in 100 Mile House
Controlled burn did not take place
Break and enter arrest made in 100 Mile evacuation area
Stop posting fake news on social media, BC wildfire evacuee says
B.C. wildfires threaten thousands of cattle
Time to fight fire with fire says expert
RCMP patrol evacuated neighbourhoods and more during wildfire activity
'Evacuees welcome': Small-town B.C. pub goes above and beyond to help wildfire evacuees
Why B.C. isn't using the Martin Mars water bomber to fight the wildfires
100 Mile House evacuation order extended another week
Evacuation Order extended at least another week in 100 Mile House


July 10, 2017

100 Mile House fire evacuees leaning on Kamloops as safe haven
Air quality deteriorates in Kamloops, BC Interior
New evacuation alert for south west of 100 Mile House
100 Mile: Behind the lines
Highway 97 remains closed north and south of 100 Mile House
Over 200 wildfires burn across the province Sunday
100 Mile House mills still intact
'We're surrounded by fire': B.C. woman plots her next move as wildfires encroach
Fire evacuees scramble to pack up animals or leave them behind


July 9, 2017

100 Mile is under evacuation
Spot fire extinguished by crews after Gustafsen fire jumps highway
Highway 97 closed in both directions north of 100 Mile House
Family Home burned to the ground
Canadian Forces remain 'last resort' for B.C. wildfire response: province
Meeting for evacuees to be held at 2 P.M. at the 100 Mile Curling Rink
Public asked to avoid Cariboo Chilcotin parks due to 'severe wildfire hazard'
Evacuation order issued for 100 Mile House
100 Mile Hospital closed due to wildfire activity
100 Mile Evacuation Order issued
100 Mile House Being evacuated
Hot, Windy weather forecast could present challenges for wildfire fighting efforts
More evacuation alerts in the Cariboo
Evacuation order expanded because of Cariboo wildfires
Entire District of 100 Mile House ordered to evacuate
Premier-designate John Horgan meets with evacuees
Tearful wildfire victims hoping to get back home soon, thankful for help
Clark announces $100M to help communities rebuild as wildfires burn across B.C.
100 Mile House under evacuation order amid fast-moving wildfire
B.C.'s on fire from north to south - and it's still not enough to set a record
Drone pilots warned to keep away from B.C. fire zones
100 Mile House evacuated due to wildfire


July 8, 2017

CRD asks people for patience before returning to their homes
Evacuees needing ESS support asked to head North to Prince George
Interior Health evacuating acute patients in Williams Lake, 100 Mile hospitals
Structures lost due to Gustafson fire northwest of 100 Mile House
Gustafson wildfire now at 3,200 hectares
Evacuees should now head to Prince George
State of Emergency: BC Battles Aggressive Wildfires
Fire West of 100 Mile House now estimated at 3,200 hectares
'Not time to get scared': Evacuees recount watching homes burn in B.C. wildfires
Gustafesen Fire Doubles in Size


July 7, 2017

District of 100 Mile House issues Evacuation Alert
Highway 97 closed north of 100 Mile House and Highway 20 closed east of Alexis Creek
Gustafsen Fires Leads to Move Evacuations
3,000 ordered to evacuate ahead of wildfire near 100 Mile House
Wildfire burning west of 100 Mile House grows to 1,500 hectares
Tactical evacuation expands for Gustafson fire near 100 Mile House
Fire now estimated to be 1,800 hectares
Fire reaches 1,500 hectares expected to grow substantially in next few hours
Town of Lac La Hache under evac alert as order expands
Quesnel to help out 100 Mile

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Williams Lake

The Goat/Country 840/Cariboo Country

July 24

Williams Lake hopes to reopen city soon, says mayor
DQ keeping things cool during wildfires
Fire Department eating home cooked meals at the hall during wildfires
Yunesit'in First Nation proud of its own firefighting crews
Light winds a plus for Cariboo wildfires
Wildfires don't appear to be stopping Criminal Activity
Businesses impacted by Cariboo Wildfires will want this number
Not Yet!
Williams Lake Evacuees waiting anxiously on re-entry plans


July 23

Pioneer Log Homes of BC buys fire trucks for 150 Mile VFD
Kornak and Hamm's Pharmacy open for business in Williams Lake
BC Wildfire Service rescinds restrictions around nearby lakes, including Williams Lake
Lake restrictions lifted for some lakes in Cariboo
CRD takes another step to Normal Operations


July 22

Extra $300 for B.C. wildfire evacuees returning home
Red Cross donations reach $7.3 million for BC wildfires
Tasco stays open to help through wildfires
Williams Lake residents waiting for good news
Williams Lake Mayor hints at return in Wildfire update
Still no timetable for when Williams Lake residents can go home


July 21

Ranchers' plight not lost on BC Cattlemen's Association
Community bands together to raise $300,000 for communities affected by wildfires
Evacuation order could change, be patient: Williams Lake Mayor
Remaining inside the fire lines
Secwepemc Health Caucus offering help to First Nations communities
Skeleton city crew in Williams Lake keeping things going
Ranchers and volunteer fire departments fight wildfire north of Williams Lake
People must stay off four lakes in Cariboo Fire Centre
More progress on Gustafsen Fire
Gustafsen wildfire near 100 Mile House now 65% contained
CRD to seek economic assistance from Provincial and Federal government
Williams Lake Firefighters called to offensive line


July 20

Williams Lake caterer feeds fire departments during wildfires
More military on the way to help
It's raining in Williams Lake, but not for long
Rain welcomed in Cariboo wildfire fight
BC Hydro works to bring power back
Military arriving in BC today to aid in Wildfire Efforts
Taseko restarts Gibraltar Mine
Working together to bring residents home
More Canadian Forces deployed to Williams Lake
Operations resume at Gibraltar
Military sends extra help for exhausted police officers dealing with B.C. fires
More military on the move into wildfire zones
Australian wildfire experts ready to help wherever needed
Canadian Forces sending 225 more troops to help with B.C. wildfires
Soldiers from Edmonton head for fire zone
More military on the way to help
225 Canadian Armed Forces members headed to B.C.


July 19

Smokiest day yet, says Williams Lake mayor and councillor
Firefighters threatened with gun
Mounties get their horses
McLeese Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. part of the wildfire fight
Prescriptions coming from Lower Mainland to Chilcotin
Volunteers gathering items to relieve wildfire evacuees
Riske Creek ranchers go it alone in fight against dangerous wildfire
Fire departments behind the lines setting up structure protection
No timeline yet for South Cariboo residents to go home
One arrested and weapons seized following threats made to a firefighter
No timeline for a return to Williams Lake
Tension leads to threats and firearms seizure in Williams Lake


July 18 

Under evacuation: Sleeping in cars and tents
Kamloops mayor welcomes CRD residents to city with open arms
Low winds good for wildfires near Williams Lake
Crews stop fire at the doorstep of Tl'etinqox community
Residents permitted to return to Lavington Road area
Charges laid after stolen property located in wildfire evacuation zone


July 17, 2017 

Officials and delegates update CRD residents on current wildfire situation
Williams Lake evacuees in P.G.
Evacuees camping in parking lot
90 Home owners defy evacuation order in Williams Lake
Williams Lake wildfires have grown
Evacuations hit home for radio station


July 16, 2017


Williams Lake evacuation went well, mayor says
Fire threatening Riske Creek communications tower
Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre Back at Work
Williams Lake Still Standing
Wildfire now seven kilometres from City of Williams Lake
11 emergency centres across B.C. scramble to help 36,600 wildfire evacuees
'We're a little anxious at the moment': Williams Lake residents flee wildfires
Williams Lake Tim Horton's stays open after wildfire evacuation to serve RCMP, firefighters
Exhausted evacuees make their way to Kamloops, more centres open


July 15, 2017

More evacuation orders, alerts issued as wildfires rage
Williams Lake, 150 Mile House under evacuation
Evacuation order issued for Williams Lake and Area
Lower mainland prepares for 13,000 wildfire evacuees
Residents of Williams Lake ordered to leave
Emergency Reception Centre opens at Sandman Centre in Kamloops
Wildfires prompt closure of Williams Lake hospital, evacuation of patients from Clearwater hospital
Kamloops emergency reception for wildfire evacuees move to Sandman Centre from University
Williams Lake evacuees will be diverted to Okanagan, Prince George
Wildfire threatens North Thompson Valley's lifeline as flames approach critical power line
Giving support to firefighters and sharing hospitality with strangers - businesses give back
Canadian Armed Forces offer assistance in the Cariboo Chilcotin
Williams Lake residents ordered to leave
Residents ordered out of Williams Lake ahead of fire fanned by high winds
Evacuation order issued for Williams Lake
Hundreds of evacuees turn up to forget the fire
Over 7,000 evacuees now registered in Prince George
"The Goal is to Get them Safe" - Chair of CRD
Williams Lake Evacuees to get further into at Little Fort
Williams Lake evacuees heading to Kamloops
Evacuation order issued for Williams Lake and Surrounding areas
Evacuation Alert east of Gang Ranch
Evacuation Order for Big Creek
Wind event could dramatically change situation in Cariboo
Evacuation Order southwest of Nazko
No Imminent Danger in Williams Lake, says CRD Chair
Evacuation order issued for Williams Lake, surrounding areas
Canadian Forces joining the Wildfire efforts in BC
Wind fan flames in fire-stricken B.C., Williams Lake latest city to face evacuation


July 14, 2017

One Week Later: Williams Lake settles in for the long haul
Home lost in Sugar Cane wildfire
Anaham residents find strength in fighting fires
Airtanker crews at the ready
Restricted access on four Cariboo lakes
Fruitless at this time to predict when anyone can go home: CRD Chair
Public access restricted on four lakes in Cariboo Fire Centre
Wildfire takes its toll on Williams Lake Indian Band
Cariboo Wildfire Update July 14
Williams Lake residents getting out
Big Creek Evacuation Alert Expanded
Access to four Cariboo Lakes cut off
Burnoff Temporarily compounds Cariboo Smoke Cover
Tolko to look after families of workers
B.C. fire crews brace for windy weekend, potentially worsening conditions
Timber Kings TV stars work to save log homes from B.C. wildfires


July 13, 2017

Two arrested for possession of stolen items from evacuated homes in Williams Lake
Wildwood fire department part of the fight against local wildfire
Highway crews jump into action
No structures lost in Spokin Lake Road fire Miocene fire chief says
Controlled burn of 150 Mile House fire a success
Arts on the Fly cancelled due to Cariboo wildfires
Wildfire crews prepare for worsening weekend weather across southern B.C.
Forest fires force more patients north
Nearly 5,000 evacuees in Prince George
Town Hall for evacuees at UNBC tonight
Grizzly Lake Evacuation Alert rescinded
Northern Health sets up clinic for evacuees
B.C. Wildfire service, 'watching the wind'
Number of Evacuees continues to climb
2 arrested in Williams Lake for Break and Enter
Fire Danger Forces Closure of Recreation Sites in the Cariboo
Weekend weather forecast concerning for BC Wildfire Service
Everyone should be prepared for possible disasters: EMBC
Police nab suspects with stolen items from evacuated homes
Grocery stores in Williams Lake keep stocked as evacuation alert remains in place
BC Closes all recreation sites, backcountry areas in the Cariboo
Williams Lake Mayor fired up over alleged lootings and arsons
Evacuation alert in Williams Lake could last for weeks, officials warn
Province trying to manage firefighter exhaustion as wildfires rage in B.C.
Okanagan fire departments send resources to wildfire threatened areas


July 12, 2017

First Nations evade evacuation orders, fight fires as weather conditions improve
Evacuation order issued South of the Chilcotin River to Fletcher Lake
His department deserves a gold star says 150 Mile fire chief
Wildfire smoke clearing in B.C.: CDC
Controlled burns could add more smoke in the Cariboo Fire Centre
CRD and City of Williams Lake continue to monitor fire situation
Good News on wildfires surrounding Williams Lake
Fire activity and evacuation alerts in Williams Lake and area remain unchanged
B.C. First Nation under evacuation order vows to fight off police if they try and remove children

July 11, 2017

B.C. Indigenous communities work to keep wildfires at bay
Couple recounts terrifying drive from B.C. wildfires
Williams Lake area wildfires burning estimated 15,660 hectares
'Stubborn farmers' working behind fire lines to protect homes, animals
B.C. Wildfire evacuees asked to register early
Seven days is a "Disneyland suggestion' for returning home
BC Wildfire service 'optimistic' about 150 mile fire
Province says no to Hawaii Mars
Petal Ranch surrounded by 'ring of fire'
Pharmacy supplies provided for evacuees
Langley sends firefighters to Williams Lake
Cariboo wildfires suspend Black Press print operations
'Any shift in the weather is going to have consequences': BC wildfires could get worse, officials warn
'We're not leaving': Tempers flare between First Nation, RCMP amid wildfire evacuation order
Williams Lake: an anxious city prepares for the worst
Looting arrests made in wake of B.C. wildfire evacuations
Health risk from smoky air hits off-the-scale highs in Williams Lake
B.C. couple film fiery highway escape through tunnel of fire and smoke
Over 34,000 people on Cariboo-Chilcotin affected by alerts and orders
Crews work to set up containment on Fires near Williams Lake
Williams Lake remains under evacuation alert
B.C. Smoke forecaster sees thick plumes concentrating over Williams Lake on Wednesday
'I'll stay until the bitter end' says Williams Lake Mayor in response to evacuation threat
$53.5 Million spent so far battling fires
More RCMP on the way
'We're praying to God for Some Rain' says Williams Lake man on evacuation alert


July 10, 2017

Williams Lake under evacuation alert
Emergency operations sets up new phone number
B.C. Wildfire incident management team in place at Cariboo Fire Centre
Update on road closures and evacuation areas in the Cariboo
Motorist collides with cattle on Highway 20
Evacuation alert issued for the entire City of Williams Lake
City of Williams Lake on Evacuation Alert
Evacuation alert issued for Williams Lake
Increased fire behaviour expected Wednesday in the Cariboo
Williams Lake under city wide evacuation alert due to potential weather events
Public Information Phone Number Transition
Wildfires impacting power grid; BC Hydro asks for patience
Williams Lake on evacuation alert as fire threatens from the west
14,000 evacuated and Williams Lake under citywide alert
Wildfires in B.C. Interior begin to exact economic toll
Williams Lake wildfires continue to rage as evacuations remain in place
What it's like to be a volunteer firefighter on the front lines of B.C.'s wildfires


July 9, 2017

RCMP tactical troop establishes unit in Williams Lake
Wildfires continue to burn in Williams Lake
Meeting scheduled for Evacuees at Emergency Services Centre at Lake City Secondary to go over options
Tl'etinqox First Nation prepares to protect itself from wildfires
Wildlife may survive these wildfires, if they're fast
Tolko to shut down operations in Williams Lake on Monday due to wildfire situation
Evacuation Alert for Some Williams Lake area residents
Alexis Creek Health Centre Closed
Another Day of Evacuations and alerts due to Cariboo wildfires
Tolko and West Fraser Close operations due to wildfire activity
More evacuations alerts issued Sunday due to changing weather conditions
Airlines offering discounts, flexible tickets for B.C. wildfire zones
B.C. wildfire evacuees celebrate 50th wedding anniversary in Williams Lake Walmart parking lot
Albertans rally to help B.C. wildfire evacuees


July 8, 2017 

Cariboo Fires prompts evacuations from IH facilities in Williams Lake
Fire Activity remains relatively unchanged
Special Air Quality statement issued as fire activity monitoring ongoing
Fire West of 100 Mile House grows to 3,200 Hectares
Special Air Advisory issued by Interior Health


July 7, 2017

Wildfire near Williams Lake forces airport evacuation
Wildfires Close Portions of Highway 97 and 20
City of Williams Lake activates Emergency Operations Centre
Evacuation ordered for residents in 103 Mile, 105 Mile, 108 Mile, Lac La Hache
Evacuation orders issued for parts of Williams Lake
Evacuation orders now in place near Williams Lake
Williams Lake fire poses 'no immediate threat' to residents

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Quesnel

The Goat/Country 840/Cariboo Country

July 24 

No items published/posted

July 23

No items published/posted

July 22

Tzenzaicut Lake area downgraded to evacuation alert
Wildfires having economic consequences


July 21

BC SPCA continues animal rescue efforts


July 20

No items published/posted

July 19 

No items published/posted

July 18

 CRD issues evacuation alert for south of Nazko


July 17, 2017

New community on evacuation alert
Downtown fire information booth now up and running in Quesnel


July 16, 2017

Evacuation Alert issued for Kluskus Area
Quesnel Mayor does flyover of Wildfires near city


July 15, 2017

No items published / posted


July 14, 2017

Quesnel residents with Commercial flights should know this
Quesnel Ready for Wildfire fights
Wildfires hurting regional tourism, Quesnel Mayor says
Wildfires hurting tourism in Chilcotin


July 13, 2017

Skyfest Cancelled
Quesnel Mayor pitches help for festivals ... businesses


July 12, 2017

Cariboo Fire Centre report Green Mountain Fire 60 per cent contained
Skyfest 2017 cancelled
SkyFest Cancelled by Wildfires
Quesnel ready to receive firefighters


July 11, 2017

Quesnel airport about to go into Forest Fire Fighting mode
Quesnel Mayor warns of fake fire marshals going door-to-door issuing evacuation alerts
People posing as Police asking residents to evacuate
Green Mountain fire southeast of Quesnel 60% contained
Police imposters in Quesnel area
Billy Barker Days officially Cancelled
Quesnel Billy Barker Days called off


July 10, 2017

Quesnel reopens Emergency Reception Centre
Quesnel temporary home for evacuees
Cariboo residents wanting to donate are being asked to hold off ... for now


July 9, 2017

Quesnel residents ready to go
Wells Gray Park closed as wildfire safety precaution


July 8, 2017

Getting to know the wildlife terms
Cariboo Fires Not close to being under control


July 7, 2017

BC Wildfire reports 120-hectare fire near Quesnel
Forest Fire Closes Highway 97 south of Quesnel
Quesnel area now hit with Wildfires

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Prince George

July 24

Kids resilient to evacuation stress, expert says
Missionary offers perspective on evacuation
Evacuees have accolades for Prince George as they board the bus for home
Little Prince back on track
Evacuees frustrated with New Changes at Evacuation Reception Centre
Buses pick up evacuees to bring them home
The Little Prince reopens Thursday


July 23

More evacuees register in Prince George on Saturday
Significant wind event expected today
Evacuee number climbs
Prince George Evacuees update
Food vouchers are given based on evacuee's needs: EMBC


July 22

Evacuees expected to receive financial aid from Federal government
Federal and Provincial Ministers visiting Prince George
Federal government to supply more funds for BC wildfire response
Feds promise financial support for Wildfire evacuees
Information session for South Cariboo evacuees
Wildfire evacuee Town Hall tonight
Crises deal with long processes of restoration, recovery
Prince George evacuees update
Wildfire evacuees can set payment schedule with BC Hydro
CRD seeking economic help from provincial, federal government


July 21

Evacuated couple relocate wedding to P.G.
'Fairy godmothers' looking out for evacuees
Dog care facility housing canine evacuees
New B.C. forestry minister coming this weekend
Prince George cares for another 'small city': 9,300 plus wildfire evacuees
Evacuees RV's consolidated
More wind in the forecast
Wildfires having 'significant impacts on Tourism'
Military Personnel stay the night in P.G.
RV's moving to centralized location
2017 BCNE Fall Fair in Doubt
CRD 'working together' to bring resident's home
Provincial state of emergency extended to August 4
Prince George Wildfire evacuees is inching closer to 10,000
Blessed. privileged to work in giving community: Salvation Army


July 20

Evacuees food vouchers have expiration date
Military arriving in BC today to aid in Wildfire Efforts
Salvation Army continues to support evacuees
Wildfire evacuee a former high wire artist
$100,000 donated for Animal Relief efforts
Unions pledge $100K to help with Wildfire Relief
Today's rain just a blip
Mayor Hall thanks volunteers
Lheildi T'enneh Help Evacuees
Nine thousand evacuees in P.G.
BC SPCA increases support for animals impacted by wildfires


July 19, 2017

Opposition Leader Christy Clark visits evacuation centre
Displaced find comfort in smudging ceremony
Fire Crews bracing for return of Dry weather by weekend
Wildfire evacuees should be gov't top priority, Clark says
Smudging ceremony held daily for evacuees
41 homes lost to flames in Cariboo
Smoke persists over P.G.
RBC sets up Mobile bank for Evacuees
State of Emergency to be extended
Christy Clark visits CNC
Rustad offering advice to new Forests Minister
Premier Horgan extends Provincial state of Emergency two more weeks


July 18, 2017

BCNE may be canceled due to wildfires
Cariboo patients evacuated to P.G.
Sutherland Road fire exposes unique rural firefighting agreement
MP, MLA offer support to Cariboo wildfire evacuees


July 17, 2017

PG fire evacuee numbers top eight thousand
Costs to the city adding up
More volunteers deployed
Salvation Army Staying busy during wildfire evacuations
Coping with refugee influx busy job, mayor says
Summerfest provides diversion for evacuees
Williams Lake evacuees in P.G.
Evacuees camping in parking lot
Wildfires inspire local songwriter
Evacuees focus on "home' during townhall meeting
Brownridge family and business help evacuees
Missing elderly person
BC Hydro working to repair wildfire damaged lines 
Lighter winds expected and more help on the way
PG now hosting more than 8,000 evacuees
Kudos for PG's People and the evacuation centre



July 16, 2017

Renewal of Evacuee Registration Begins Sunday
Fort McMurray gives back with donations for evacuees
Fort McMurray gives back, by the truckload
'Substantial increase' expected in Cariboo Fires
More wind on the way
Prince George increases volunteer staffing
Williams Lake Developments Stunning


July 15, 2017

Wildfire campers making the best of bad situation
New wave of evacuees could be on the way to Prince George
Prince George ready 'To House as Many People as Possible'
A Break for fun in the park
More evacuations possible as winds pick up
Canfor provides breakfast for Wildfire Evacuees
'Overwhelming Generosity' Noted
Over Seven Thousand Evacuees Register in Prince George
2nd Townhall Meeting for Evacuees
Special Weather Statement issued
United Steelworkers spokesperson grateful for Prince George hospitality


July 14, 2017

Evacuees may not be able to return home for weeks
Manitoba Firefighters deployed to BC
Ariel Skimmers douse lightning fire in PG
Tour of the Volunteer Kitchen
Townhall held for evacuees in Prince George
Looters taking advantage of B.C. Fires are typical at natural disasters: expert
Wildfire Evacuees approaching 7,000
Weather could flare up fire situation
Sally Ann Volunteers come together to feed wildfire evacuees
Cougars and Spirit of the North commit $10K towards wildfire evacuees
ICBC dealing with wildfire related claims
More arrive in Prince George
'We've got a monster out there': Dozens turn out for Evacuee Town Hall
Large wildfires create 'Mini-Weather Patterns of their own"
Nearly 1,400 people have signed up to help wildfire evacuees so far
'A tangled web': insurance rules near wildfires complicate home sales


July 13, 2017

Evacuated Doctor attends to her own patients at Evac Centre
Help is available to cope with stress
Home Insurance on Wildfire Stricken communities
PG eager to volunteer
Salvation Army receiving donations for locals and evacuees
Volunteer centre flooded with people looking to help
CNC offering free fire suppression class
Town hall tonight for evacuees at UNBC
Horgan to tour areas affected by Wildfires
Volunteer Centre Opens
Nearly 5,000 evacuees in Prince George
No Call for the Martin  Mars
P.G. Humane Society finds more space for evacuated animals
Coping with the stress of the wildfire situation
Service Canada reaching out to evacuees
Everyone not just unionized sites is affected says USW Local First Vice President
Evacuees provide thoughts on PG hospitality
Prince George has opened its arms to wildfire evacuees,  human and animal
Town Hall for Wildfire evacuees at UNBC's Canfor theatre tonight
More than half of wildfire evacuees are staying with Prince George residents
Smithers Salvation Army aids in evacuee relief effort in Prince George
Vanderhoof Mayor encourages public to remain calm
MLA Bond: 'There's nowhere you can go in the community where people aren't saying, 'what can I do?'
City of Prince George asking the public to hold off on donations
Are Prince George and Kamloops at risk of being evacuated?


July 12, 2017

Prince George residents out in force to help fire evacuees
Volunteer centre opens this morning
Forest Fire tourists banned from Sutherland Road
AIMHI takes in evacuees with Special Needs
New health care service centre opened for evacuees
UNBC preps for more
Need volunteers for evacuated pets
Public urged to stay clear of Wildfire Areas
College offering free basic fire suppression course
UNBC prepares more beds for evacuees
Weather offers some calm in Wildfire starts
Area restriction order issued for Sutherland Road Fire
Where there's smoke there's a health risk
Prince George welcoming more evacuees
City to open Volunteer centre
Cariboo horses find temporary home in Prince George
Farmers Market to hold fundraiser for Wildfire evacuees
Robson Valley offering support for those forced north by Fires
Prince George is preparing to receive more people evacuated from the Cariboo Due to wildfires
Calmer weather contributes to decrease in BC wildfires
'It was fast, it was so fast' -- Evacuees in Prince George tell their stories
Fire suppression course at CNC this weekend
Public access restricted around Sutherland Rd. Wildfire north of Fort Fraser
Animal shelters 'overwhelmed' with B.C. wildfire evacuee pets
City of Prince George says its ready to take another wave of evacuees


July 11, 2018

Smoky skies advisory extended across Cariboo, Prince George and into Bulkley Valley
Cariboo livestock gets helping hand from Prince George
Vancouver's HUSAR deployed to help battle B.C. wildfires
Agriplex welcomes evacuated horses
Highway 5 providing link to Southern B.C.
Be prepared for an evacuation
Air quality bulletin in effect
City readies for more evacuees as weather expected to fan flames
Prince George on standby for evacuees
Close to 3000 evacuees have registered in Prince George
Northern Health evacuations
Evacuees Targeted by Thieves
More aircraft to join the Wildfire Battle
Evacuees advised to be vigilant
City launches special web page for evacuees
Volunteers needed
Quesnel and P.G. receiving Williams Lake patients
2,700 evacuees have arrived in Prince George
Prince George prepared to take Williams Lake evacuees if necessary
Wildfire situation hits home for MP Doherty
Prince George is now hosting nearly 3,000 people evacuated due to wildfires in the Cariboo
Fourth evacuation alert announced within Prince George Fire Centre boundary
Prince George Public library to welcome evacuees with open arms
PG Humane Society puts out a call for volunteers
Evacuees continue to roll in at PG Emergency Response Centre
Volunteer Prince George seeks volunteers for emergency reception centres
Very little rain to aid wildfire activity across BC
The Canadian Red Cross answers evacuees questions about accessing help and finding family


July 10, 2017

Hotels giving breaks to evacuees
Forest fires keep Highway 97 closed
Cash is king if you want to help 100 Mile House evacuees
Evacuation alert for McBride Timber Road South rescinded
Past firefighting efforts have made B.C. forests more fire prone
Evacuees continuing to wait it out at CNC
Jehovah's Witnesses Evacuees camped out at CN Centre
Campfire Ban for P.G. Fire Centre
Prince George Horse Society taking care of evacuees animals
City Council preparing to provide resources for more evacuees
PGSS is one of three Emergency reception centres set up in Prince George
City of Prince George: 'Our Number One priority is to welcome evacuees and help them'
14,000 British Columbians believed  to have been asked to evacuate due to wildfires
Northern Sport Centre to close off public use to assist wildfire evacuees
BC Liquor stores now accepting donations for the Red Cross
Wildfires impacting power grid; BC Hydro asks for patience
'We're making the Best of it' says Williams Lake Family displaced by wildfires
Three areas of Bulkley Nechako on Evacuation Alert
City creates more space for Evacuees
Province to provide assistance to those impacted by Wildfires
Evacuation alerts in P.G. Fire Centre region
Northern Sport Centre closed to members and public
Power outages galore as infrastructure impacted by fires
The damage so far, and how you can help


July 9, 2017

'The wind shifted and the smoke rolled in like a wall'
City offers shelter for displaced Cariboo residents
Rain helps Prince George fire crews
Fort McMurray responds to B.C. fire disaster
Clark promises $100 million for fire-ravaged communities to rebuild
City gets behind fire evacuees
Fire evacuees sent to CNC campus
Province under seige as 230 wildfires burn
Kersley and Alexandria residents allowed home, with identification
Evacuation Alert issued for Dragon Mountain
Wildfires lead to air quality advisory for much of BC interior
Highway 97 closures remain in place
Close to 80 evacuees spend the night
McBride Timber Road South Fire Update
New Fires on Border of Northwest and P.G. Fire Centres
P.G. expecting to house more evacuees
Gusty winds could complicate wildfire battle
Air Tankers working hard
Province announces special wildfire rebuild fund
Special Air Quality Statement for P.G. and Vanderhoof
Little Prince Train suspended
McBride Timber Road South Fire Grows
230 Wildfires raging in the province
Premier Designate Heading to Kamloops
150 Evacuees in Prince George
Wells Gray Park to Close
Crews Burn off on McBride Timber Road South Fire
More evacuation alerts announced across RDBN due to wildfires
Wildfire prompts evacuation alert south of Vanderhoof
City of Prince George hosting over 100 evacuees from across the Cariboo Regional District
McBride Timber Road evacuation alert still in effect
100 Mile House evacuated; Residents Ordered to head to Prince George
Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall on helping wildfire evacuees
First person stories from wildfire evacuees


July 8, 2017

Prince George Fire risk extreme
Wild fire evacuees urged to register with Red Cross
Evacuation Reception Centre being set up at CNC
BC Wildfire and Volunteer crews fighting small fire near Beaverly
Fire evacuation ordered on Lamar Road
Evacuation Alert issued for McBride Timber Road South
UNBC to Help Evacuees
Red Cross ready to help
City of Prince George activates Emergency Operations Centre in response to Wildfires
Crews battling Fire in Beaverly
Wildfire Situation 'Serious and Escalating'
Evacuation alert issued west of Prince George

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