Wildfires south of Francois Lake and southwest of Fort St. James have caused more evacuation orders in the area and evacuees continue to register in Prince George. By last night, the number of evacuees registered in Prince George surpassed 500. Those needing accommodation were provided rooms in local hotels and motels.
In response to the growing number of evacuees, the City of Prince George is extending the hours of the Emergency Reception Centre that has been established inside CN Centre. The centre will now be open, through the weekend at least, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The City is also providing evacuees with free public transit and free access to both the Four Seasons Leisure Pool and the Prince George Aquatic Centre. Evacuees simply need to show the wristband they received when they registered at the Emergency Reception Centre. Transit routes are displayed at the Centre and on the BC Transit website.
Volunteer Prince George is managing volunteer registration and scheduling for the City’s efforts to welcome and accommodate wildfire evacuees. Citizens wishing to volunteer are asked to register with Volunteer Prince George. Volunteers will only be contacted if their services are required.
The city is not requesting donations.
In order to keep evacuees and residents informed during this rapidly developing situation, the city has launched a web page to provide information for evacuees and residents at www.princegeorge.ca/wildfireevacuation.