Flar­ing wild­fires in B.C.’s Cari­boo re­gion prompt evac­u­a­tion alert for Ques­nel

The Globe and Mail (Alberta Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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