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Evacuation alert issued for Barkerville-Cornish Mountain fire area 

An evacuation alert has been issued by Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for 340 parcels in the Barkerville – Cornish Mountain Fire Area Alert. This alert covers 12 045 hectares. The fire is located about five kilometres north of Jack of Clubs Lake.

Because of the potential danger to life and health, the Cariboo Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for the area.

BC Wildfire Services personnel and resources were pulled off the Cornish Mountain wildfire yesterday due to increased fire behaviour and elevated winds from a cold front that made it unsafe for first responders. Personnel were stationed in Wells to monitor the fire activity and be prepared to respond throughout the evening. Additional resources are being deployed to support suppression efforts, including aircraft, personnel, structure protection personnel and trailer, along with heavy equipment.

An evacuation alert is issued to give residents time to prepare to evacuate their premises or property should it be required.

Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible if an evacuation order is required; however, we may not have time to go door-to-door due to changing conditions.


Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for an evacuation order:

  • Have a plan to transport all family members or co-workers outside of the area, should the area be brought under evacuation order.
  • Make grab-and-go bags for each member of your household to keep essential items readily available for a quick departure. Pack clothing, ready-to-eat food, toiletries, medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.).
  • Ensure that any dependents or pets are prepared for departure. Gather comfort items (blankets, stuffed animals, etc.) for your dependents to make an evacuation less stressful. Gather any kennels or leashes to make transportation safe with your pets.
  • Move pets and livestock to a safe area if they cannot be evacuated. Ensure water and feed are available.
  • Keep the fuel tanks of personal vehicles full in case a new order is issued.
  • Ensure that you have accommodation options for your family, if possible. An Evacuee Reception Centre will be made available if required. Homeowner or tenant insurance may provide greater support than ESS will be able to.
  • In the event you are evacuated, do not shut off your natural gas. For more information, visit
  • Monitor reliable news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres and the CRD’s channels on Facebook and
  • If you are on an evacuation ALERT, or if you have been displaced from your home due to an emergency, please self-register for Emergency Support Services. You will need to sign up for the BC Services Card app to access te self-registration tool, which will reduce wait times for evacuees and assist in the referral process.

Residents are encouraged to register for the Cariboo Chilcotin Emergency Notification System to receive a text, call or email regarding evacuation alerts and orders.

For Cariboo Regional District information, please visit Cariboo Regional District’s websiteEmergency Operations Centre Facebook pageTwitter / X feed, or call the CRD’s emergency information line at 1-866-759-4977.

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