100 Mile House, July 22. Tara Sprickerhoff photos.

Evacuation order lifted for 100 Mile House and South Cariboo

The evacuation orders in the area have been downgraded to alerts

Effective immediately, most 100 Mile House and South Cariboo residents are allowed to return to their homes.

The evacuation orders in the area will be downgraded to alerts, according to a 2 p.m. announcement by 100 Mile Mayor Mitch Campsall and Cariboo Regional District Chair Al Richmond.

The announcement comes after B.C. Wildfire Service reports the Gustafsen fire to be 90 per cent contained.

Those North of Watson Lake road, on Tatton station road, 103 Mile west, Gustafsen Lake north forest service road, Exeter McKinley road, Williams Lake and 150 Mile House remain under an evacuation order, as well as the area north of Lac la Hache.

Security will be in place to enforce orders in the remaining evacuated areas, according to a CRD news release, and everyone returning to the area is asked to exercise caution to ensure their personal safety.

Highway 97 remains closed south of Kersley so evacuees in Prince George will have to go down Highway 16.

Those who were removed from the community by bus will be able to return home via BC Transit within 48 hours, according to the CRD.

UNDER EVACUATION: Why ranchers stayed inside the evacuation zone

Door-to-door bus service for those with mobility issues will be available on Monday afternoon, and evacuees can sign up at ESS centres or by calling 1-800-585-9559.

The CRD is also reminding residents that they are returning to an area that was profoundly affected by wildfire, and that services such as grocery and healthcare, may be limited for some time. Red Cross will be at the South Cariboo Recreation Centre for anyone returning to the area that requires assistance.

“Anyone choosing to return to the area should ensure that they have a full tank of gas as well as basic necessities including food and prescriptions for up to seven days,” the release says.

Air quality also remains poor due to smoke, and those with respiratory issues, small children and the elderly should consider this before they choose to return to the area.

Donations from others in the province will also be put on hold until further notice, as response efforts are focused on wildfire suppression, animal welfare and readying communities for the return of evacuated residents.

Region still remains on evacuation alert

The CRD is reminding residents that although the order has been lifted, an alert still remains in effect and returning residents will need to remain prepared to be evacuated again at any given time.

 

Just Posted

Teens design environmentally friendly invention

Plastic grocery bags transformed into cup coasters that can be used over and over again

Help for parents at Langley Community Services Society

Free counselling services available by appointment

Hugh Davis honoured with street dedication

A portion of 76B Avenue will be named Hugh Davis Way

Need for volunteer drivers ‘critical’ for Langley seniors

As little as four hours a week key in helping seniors get to and from appointments

UPDATE: No boutique hotel for Fort Langley

Builder formally withdraws application

UPDATED: SUV fire at Langley mall (with video)

Firefighters respond to Fraser Highway incident

Aldergrove played role in 1954 British Empire Games

Author of ‘The Miracle Mile’ explores ’54 Games in local context

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

E-cig likely the cause of townhouse fire

Smoke and fire damage but no one was hurt in Chilliwack

Train derails in Northwest B.C.

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved after coal train derailment.

Double-doubles and demonstrations: Employees rally outside Tim Hortons

Protests held in response to Ontario franchise owners cutting employee benefits and breaks

Chilliwack board of education asks Neufeld to resign

Neufeld says he intends to stay on as trustee despite vote by peers

Las Vegas shooter acted alone, exact motive still undetermined: Sheriff

Stephen Paddock was behind the gunfire that killed 58 people including two Canadians

Botox, bomb shelters, and the blues: one year into Trump presidency

A look into life in Washington since Trump’s inauguration

Most Read