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Close to 7,000 people evacuated due to fires

There are currently about 7,000 people evacuated, according to an update issued by Forests Minister John Rustad.

Evacuated communities or those under evacuation alerts include Cache Creek, 103 Mile, 105 Mile, 108 Mile Ranch and 150 Mile, Ashcroft, Princeton, WIlliams Lake, Canim Lake, Anahim Lake, Alexis Creek First Nation, Alexandria First Nation, Williams Lake Indian Band and 100 Mile House.

Approximately 70 new fires started Saturday on top of the 142 new fires on Friday and previous fires. This is an urgent situation and public safety is the top priority.

Additional resources will be coming to BC from other jurisdictions arriving Monday and Tuesday. The province is also in contact with the military in case it need additional assistance.

Wells Grey Park has been closed as a precautionary measure.

Fire bans are in place for much of the impacted areas and more steps will likely be taking in the coming days.

The situation will likely remain critical for many weeks as the long term weather forecast is not favorable.

Please be very careful if you are out enjoying our great outdoors.

Check with our BC Wildfire and DriveBC web pages for updated information on the fire status and road closures.

 

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