Almost two-thirds of the more than 3,000 evacuees that descended on the city earlier this year have now returned home as the threat of wildfires wanes.
Recognizing that more evacuees are returning home, the City of Prince George is continuing to reduce operating hours at the Emergency Reception Centre (ERC) currently located at CN Centre. The centre will be open from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. today and will be closed for the Labour Day long weekend.
New Emergency Reception Centre location
Starting next Tuesday, the ERC will be located in the Kin Lounge, which is also located at Exhibition Park. The ERC will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday. Any new evacuees needing to register outside of those days and hours can contact the Service Centre at Prince George City Hall. Evacuees can attend in person or call 250-561-7600.
Resources for evacuees
As evacuation orders and alerts are lifted, evacuees concerned about air quality in their home communities should note that Smoky Skies advisories continue to change from day to day across all regions. According to Northern Health, community members should be advised to return home as air quality can vary greatly, and a home environment may be the healthiest. The Canadian Red Cross is also providing teams to assist with the recovery of communities that have been under either an evacuation alert or order.
The city’s wildfire evacuation web page continues to provide updated information for evacuees in Prince George, along with links to various provincial and regional resources. This website also provides an option for people to subscribe to receive wildfire evacuation-related emails from the city.