UPDATE: Wildfires continue to engulf areas around Williams Lake

UPDATE: Wildfires continue to engulf areas around Williams Lake

The biggest fire to note is near Sugarcane, north of Chief William burning at 2,000 hectares

All three wildfires surrounding Williams Lake remain “out of control,” according to B.C. Wildfire Services.

The wildfire near Sugarcane, 1-kilometre north of Chief William is now estimated at 2,500 hectares in size.

The wildfire in the Wildwood/Williams Lake Airport area has grown to 2,000 hectares in size – doubling since 2 p.m.

The fire near Spoken Lake Road is holding at 100 hectares.

A fourth fire has been noted by BC Wildfire Service as a collection of smaller fires, adding to about 100,000 hectares in size,located 60-km south of Williams Lake.

An evacuation has been ordered for the Lexington subdivision.

Update: The Lexington Subdivision is under an Evacuation Order as outlined in this map. For a pdf version of this evacuation order follow this link http://bit.ly/2uWTPAI

Posted by Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre on Saturday, July 8, 2017

RELATED: What to do during an evacuation

The fire near Spoken Lake Road is holding at 100 hectares.

An evacuation alert remains for the South Lakeside area. Evacuations were ordered for the Miocene area and Wildwood area of Williams Lake.

Two evacuation orders have been issued for 150 Mile House.

This is at 153 mile Ranch

Posted by George Baba on Friday, July 7, 2017

Members of the Williams Lake Trail Riders are offering evacuees with horses stable space at the Stampede Grounds, for both horses and trailers. The group is looking for loans of watering troughs.

Residents out there tell us Anaham reserve residents have been evacuated to nearby Resdone [Tsi Del Del] and Alexis Creek. Stone reserve residents were transported via buses to Williams Lake where arrived Friday night.

There are two emergency reception centres: Those currently under evacuation orders should report to the Ramada Convention Centre. Those self-evacuating from South Lakeside should report to the Carson Campus of Lake City Secondary.

Highways closed

Residents wanting to evacuate can head north on Highway 97, which is open northbound and closed southbound, south of Quesnel.

Highway 20 has also re-opened.

For those wanting to volunteer

Anyone wishing to volunteer can head out to the Ramada or the Salvation Army.

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