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Williams Lake evacuation order lifted

When Woody and Cathy Winkelmann were evacuated, they drove 15 hours to get from Williams Lake to Prince George (a trip that normally takes three hours). Now, as they prepare to go home, they are demonstrating their appreciation to the residents of Prince George everywhere they drive. City of Prince George photo
When Woody and Cathy Winkelmann were evacuated, they drove 15 hours to get from Williams Lake to Prince George (a trip that normally takes three hours). Now, as they prepare to go home, they are demonstrating their appreciation to the residents of Prince George everywhere they drive. City of Prince George photo

The City of Williams Lake, Williams Lake Indian Band and Cariboo Regional District announced today that, effective immediately, residents are now allowed to return to the City of Williams Lake, Sugarcane and surrounding areas in the Cariboo Regional District.

The areas that have been changed from an evacuation order to an evacuation alert include:

  • The City of Williams Lake
  • Sugarcane
  • 150 Mile House
  • Fox Mountain
  • Esler
  • Pine Valley
  • Springhouse

Due to ongoing wildfire operations, evacuation orders will remain in place for the following areas:

  • areas north and south of Mountain House Road, including Wildwood
  • the Spokin Lake area
  • areas along Soda Creek Road and Frizzi Road
  • Soda Creek First Nation
  • areas in the Chilcotin

Residents considering a return to the areas no longer under evacuation order should visit the Cariboo Regional District’s website for important information: http://www.cariboord.bc.ca/

Highway 97 south of the city is now open from Prince George to Cache Creek. However, motorists are advised to be ready for heavy traffic, limited visibility due to smoke, and livestock on the road.

The city has updated its Cariboo Evacuation web page to reflect the changing nature of the situation: www.princegeorge.ca/caribooevacuation. You can now also visit the page for important information for evacuees considering a return to Williams Lake and other communities no longer under Evacuation Orders. This page also has important information for evacuees who are choosing to stay in Prince George for the time being.

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