Some evacuees in 100 Mile House area get to go home

By Doug Collins
July 22, 2017 - 3:16pm

KAMLOOPS — It may be the start of a good thing. 

Some residents of the 100 Mile House area will get to go home after the Cariboo Regional District downgraded an evacuation order for part of the 100 Mile House area.

It's not a full return home for the entire community. As the map above shows, there's still a large segment of the area still under an evacuation order. Most of the area affected by today's downgrade is in the Gustafsen Road area.

The Gustafsen fire is reported to be 90 percent contained at this stage. However, northwest of 100 Mile House, the evacuation order has been expanded because of volatile conditions. 

Most of the residents near Princeton who were forced out of their homes by a wildfire there are also being allowed to return home, but like the people in 100 Mile, they remain under an evacuation alert.

Highway 5A between Princeton and Aspen Grove has been reopened, but only to immediate residents of the area. If you want to go there, you have to get a pass from the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District. 

Government officials work to assure wildfire evacuees