BY BILL PHILLIPS
Sunday night was a long one for 100 Mile House residents Dave and Christine.
They, along with every other 100 Mile House resident, were told to evacuate their home shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday as the Gustafsen Forest Service Road wildfire was, in the words of 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall, “threatening residences and businesses.”
For Dave and Christine that meant an all-night journey to the Emergency Reception Centre at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George.
“It took us seven hours to get here,” says Christine.
They got on a bus in 100 Mile House around midnight and made the trip North, arriving in Prince George around 7 a.m. They registered at the centre and started the arduous task of waiting for word about whether they can go home and not knowing whether they have a home to go back to.
“There was no phones, no TV, no radio when we left because it burned the tower,” says Christine, who wasn’t sure why they were sent to Prince George rather than Kamloops.
“The fire was just coming over the ridge (by the golf course) when they told us we had to go,” she said.
“It was about a mile away,” adds Dave.
Christine also has her dog Mika with her and she can’t stay in the centre with her, so she will be trying to find a place for Mika as well. The Prince George Humane Society and North Cariboo District SPCA have set up a location in the Kinsmen Centre near Fifth Avenue and Ospika Boulevard.
“It’s not very much fun anymore and we don’t know if we have a home,” says Christine, to which Dave jokes “I’ll be living in your tent.”