Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Residents of evacuated BC city allowed to return

Williams Lake, BC, residents cleared to return home after wildfire forces evacuation BC Wildfire continues, forces local people to flee
Preston Stone | 29 July, 2017, 02:42

Wildfire service chief information officer Kevin Skrepnek said a dozen new fires broke out Thursday, in line with a daily trend over the past week that could get worse.

Season-wide, the Cariboo region accounts for a quarter of the 800 or so fires that have burned in B.C.so far, but those fires have burned 288,000 hectares out of around 380,000 hectares province-wide.

The wildfire service said $154 million has been spent so far on suppressing almost 800 fires since April 1.

Before deciding to return, and I can not emphasize this enough, I encourage you to consider that wildfire activity continues in the area, air quality remains poor and the area still will remain on evacuation alert.

For immediate updates on evacuations, go here or follow @TNRD on Twitter.

"If you are in the described area, you must leave immediately".

In order for wildfire suppression activities to continue safely and effectively, the public must stay out of active fire areas.

There are still approximately 19,100 people displaced, and Robert Turner of Emergency Management BC said more support is coming for Kamloops and Prince George, the communities that have helped most of those residents forced out of their homes.

"Structures were certainly threatened yesterday evening".

BJP's Kerala office vandalised by CPI(M) activists, case registered
In suspected retaliation, the home of Bineesh Kodiyeri , son of CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan , was also attacked. Sundar rushed to Unni's house as the news of the attack reached him, and meanwhile another gang attacked Sundar's house.

The wildfire burning near Monte Lake is now estimated at 60 hectares in size and is continuing to spread.

A cause of that fire remains under investigation.

However, the fire has already destroyed at least one home, and CFJC Today has video of what used to be Shane Robertson and Tobin Stuart's home in Monte Lake.

Since April 1st, there have been 794 fires burn over 379,000 hectares.

The winds are picking in the area causing serious concerns for firefighters.

Highway 97 is closed in both directions near Paxton Valley Rd at Monte Lake due to Forest Fire.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has declared a state of local emergency due to the rapidly moving fire, named the Martin Mountain Fire.

Those on social media are reporting smoke and flame in the grass close to the road.

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