Flaring wildfires in B.C.’s Cariboo region prompt evacuation alert for Quesnel
A wildfire in British Columbia has prompted an evacuation alert for some residents of the city of Quesnel, meaning they must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice. The Cariboo Regional District issued the alert Friday for residents living in West Quesnel on the west side of the Fraser River, as well as the Narcosli Creek area and properties south and west of West Quesnel. The 12-square kilometre blaze southwest of Quesnel is one of several that have forced recent evacuation orders or alerts in the regional district. The district has also issued an evacuation alert for 396 properties northeast of 100 Mile House near an aggressive two-square kilometre wildfire that the BC Wildfire Service describes as uncontained. It also placed an alert on 181 properties in and around the community of Springhouse, about 25 kilometres south of Williams Lake. Evacuation orders were expanded Friday by the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako for three separate wildfires southeast of Terrace around the Shovel, Torkelson and Nadina lakes while crews plan a small-scale burn off of fuel near a blaze close to Keremeos and Cawston. That burn-off is meant to tie one flank of the 120-square-kilometre fire to a natural control line as crews brace for gusty winds, possible lightning and potential rain this weekend as a cold front replaces a stubborn heat wave. The B.C. Wildfire Service lists 31 fires of note among the nearly 500 wildfires burning across the province. Dozens of properties around the northwestern B.C. community of Telegraph Creek have been damaged or destroyed, and at B.C.’s request, the Yukon government opened a reception centre for evacuees at Vanier Catholic School in Whitehorse on Friday. A news release from Yukon says all Telegraph Creek residents who are currently in the territory should visit the reception centre as soon as possible to register for emergency social services.