‘Cana­di­ans will step up’

Trudeau says he will visit B.C. wild­fire zones amid shift­ing land­scape

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau says he plans to visit Bri­tish Columbia’s wild­fire zones in the com­ing days as the sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues to shift.

Evac­u­a­tion alerts for res­i­dents of 100 Mile House were lifted Sat­ur­day, but a flurry of evac­u­a­tion or­ders were is­sued late Sat­ur­day night and early Sun­day morn­ing.

Seventy-five kilo­me­tres to the north of 100 Mile House, res­i­dents of the vil­lage Clin­ton and sur­round­ing ar­eas were forced from their homes be­cause of the flames were “rapidly mov­ing.”

The Cari­boo Re­gional Dis­trict has also is­sued an ex­panded evac­u­a­tion or­der for the Clis­bako area, about 100 kilo­me­tres west of Ques­nel. It also is­sued an evac­u­a­tion alert for a re­gion south of High­way 24, north of the Green Lake area that is un­der an evac­u­a­tion or­der.

Mean­while, Williams Lake res­i­dents have been re­turn­ing to their homes over the past few days af­ter be­ing or­dered to leave about two weeks ago.

Trudeau was in Revel­stoke Sat­ur­day urg­ing Cana­di­ans to do­nate to the Red Cross to aid in re­lief ef­forts for fire-rav­aged B.C. com­mu­ni­ties.

He says he will see the ex­tent of the dam­age caused by the fires, but also plans to salute the ef­forts of hun­dreds of first re­spon­ders who have been work­ing tire­lessly to pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties from the wild­fires.

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Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau speaks at a Cana­dian Red Cross fundraiser for vic­tims of wild­fires in Bri­tish Columbia, in Revel­stoke, B.C., on Sat­ur­day. Trudeau says he plans to visit Bri­tish Columbia’s wild­fire zones in the com­ing days as the sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues to shift.

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