Prince George readies for wildfire evacuees

The City of Prince George is preparing to accept potentially large numbers of evacuees from the Bulkley-Nechako and Cariboo Regional Districts due to increasing forest fire activities in those regions.

The city has already provided assistance with commercial lodging for eight evacuees over the previous 48 hours, but is being asked by Emergency Management BC to prepare for more. The Province of British Columbia has been notified that the city’s Emergency Operations Centre is operating at level three, its highest state of operations, and that the city will provide emergency support services to evacuees.

An Emergency Reception Centre has been set up at the CN Centre (2187 Ospika Blvd), which can be accessed by turning west off of Highway 97 onto 15th Avenue and then south onto Ospika Blvd. Evacuees are requested to register at the reception centre. Assistance is available there with regards to accommodation, emergency food, and medical services. The Reception Centre is located at the south-east entrance of the building.

At this time, the City does not anticipate these activities will disrupt any planned events at the CN Centre through the weekend. The City had previously established the Reception Centre at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre, but has moved the operation in order to welcome a larger number of evacuees and accommodate group lodging.

A web page has been established by the City to provide information for evacuees and residents at www.princegeorge.ca/wildfireevacuation. The City is also providing an opportunity to subscribe for updates via email. This is available at news.princegeorge.ca/subscribe and selecting the category “Wildfire Evacuation Information.”

Information about emergency operations in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is available online at www.rdbn.bc.ca, while information relating to the Cariboo Regional District can be found at www.cariboord.bc.ca.

At this time, the City of Prince George is not issuing a call for volunteers.  

A web page has been established by the City to provide information for evacuees and residents at www.princegeorge.ca/wildfireevacuation. The City is also providing an opportunity to subscribe for updates via email. This is available at news.princegeorge.ca/subscribe and selecting the category “Wildfire Evacuation Information.”

Information about emergency operations in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is available online at www.rdbn.bc.ca, while information relating to the Cariboo Regional District can be found at www.cariboord.bc.ca.

At this time, the City of Prince George is not issuing a call for volunteers.