Deputy Mayor Arjun Singh praises wildfire volunteer efforts

By Vanessa Ybarra
July 16, 2017 - 4:47pm

KAMLOOPS — Acting Mayor Arjun Singh says he's humbled by the level of generosity Kamloops has shown to wildfire evacuees.

"Our emergency service folks are really on the ball and our volunteerism has just been through the roof, it's been amazing," said Singh. "I was down at the evacuation centre last night until about 3 a.m. and the folks there were just stepping up left and right it was amazing to watch. We're in the best shape we can be given the situation."

The entire city of Williams Lake was put on evacuation order Saturday night due to wildfires with a large portion of evacuees coming to Kamloops.

300 cots have been set up at the Sandman Centre.

The TNRD is expected to open another group lodging location in the next day or so.

Singh says the city has been actively working with the province on where to send evacuees next should the city tap out in capacity.

He says Vernon, Kelowna, or Samon Arm are all active possibilies.

Singh says its crucial Kamloopsians respect the park bans in place at this time in order to avoid more wildfires.

He adds quite a few people were caught breaking the ban on Saturday.

For a full list of park bans, click here

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