Area restriction order rescinded for parts of Cariboo

By Doug Collins
July 23, 2017 - 2:12pm Updated: July 23, 2017 - 4:01pm

WILLIAMS LAKE — The B.C. Wildfire service has rescinded an area restriction order for parts of the Cariiboo, following  the evacuation order being lifted yesterday for a large portion of 100 Mile House. ,

The Wildfire Service has rescinded the area restriction order to Watson Lake, Lac La Hache, Williams Lake and Horse Lake. This rescindment is effective immediately.

But there are still potential problems. The Wildfire Service is asking the public to be mindful of aircraft in and around lakes which may need access to water. If you see an aircraft while you are on a lake, please safely make your way to the shore so as not to impede firefighting efforts.

This area rescindment is going to be monitored closely. With gusty winds forecast today, things could change at a moment’s notice.

Some evacuation orders will still remain in place. Those will be updated on the Cariboo Regional District website, which you can access through CFJC TODAY.com

There has been some rain in Williams Lake today, which will hopefully escalate progress in fighting the fires. But winds have been gusting as well.

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb had said earlier they were hoping hospital service, or parts of it, could resume Monday, two of the three main power lines had been restored, and he said ensuring road access is safe is one of the last hurdles to cross before a return to home is allowed for evacuees.

At a news conference this afternoon, Wildfire officials said there were 152 fires burning across the province, 9 of which were new yesterday. Several were caused by lightning but at least one was human-caused.

Firefighters from out of province continue to join B.C. crews in fighting the blazes. 191 aircraft are also involved.

Canada’s Defence Minister said yesterday that Canadian Forces ground troops will be soon taking over checkpoint duties from the RCMP to give police forces a breather and allow them to go back to their regular policing duties.

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