Prince George evacuation centre ready for influx


Evacuee centre at the College of New Caledonia.

Evacuee centre at the College of New Caledonia.

Prince George is continuing to welcome residents from the Cariboo who have been evacuated as a result of the wildfires burning in the region.

Since the establishment of the emergency reception centre at the College of New Caledonia on Saturday, evacuees have been arriving in Prince George. About 80 are spending the evening on cots that have been set up in the CNC gymnasium.

It’s expected that more evacuees will be arriving in Prince George today and the city is ready to receive them. Additional beds and blankets are scheduled to arrive from Edmonton this morning and some will be set up in the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre at UNBC. The reception centre for all evacuees, however, will continue to be at CNC. Food services are also in place at the College.

There have been many generous offers from volunteers and others but donations are currently not needed at the emergency reception centre. Residents can contribute by being especially welcoming to visitors from the Cariboo and personally offering support. The Red Cross has also established a BC Fires Appeal.

Prince George Fire Rescue is continuing to provide fire protection services in the city. Two or three small fires that were ignited from the lightning storm on Friday have been extinguished. Nevertheless, firefighters are reminding residents to be cautious given the hot, dry conditions we’ve been experiencing lately and that are forecasted to continue.