PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Below is an update on Highway closures for Prince George and south, the evacuation alert for residents west of Prince George and a message from Premier Christy Clark…
First, here is a screenshot of the current highway closures in the interior.
Check DriveBC.ca for the latest as some highways didn’t make this list, including the closure of Highway 20 near Alexis Creek.
Second, the Evacuation Alert for the area along McBride Timber Road South, located approximately 30 kilometres west of Prince George remains. Check the Fraser-Fort George Regional District website for more. The information we posted on Saturday for this area remains. Fire size however has since increased from 4 hectares to 10. Thunderstorms are once again forecasted for today.
Evacuees are urged to register at Emergency Operation Centers in order to receive funding by the BC government and the Red Cross. Prince George is welcoming all those affected by these wildfires and those people can head to the College of New Caledonia (CNC) or visit the City of Prince George website for more details. The CNC is a dedicated Emergency Operations Center.
Premier Christy Clark has issued the following statement regarding the current wildfire activity in British Columbia:
“Our first priority during this period of extreme wildfire activity in the interior has been to ensure the safety of all those directly impacted.
“This included declaring a provincial state of emergency so that all possible tools are available to fight the fires and protect families and communities.
“The emergency and forestry crews have done exemplary work, conducting themselves in the professional manner we’ve come to expect from them.
“As well, communities and residents have also stepped up and rallied together to help all those who need it.
“But as the full force of the fire becomes clear, British Columbians need to know that government support will be sustained. Today, the Province is announcing a $100-million fund that will provide impacted communities and residents the resources needed to rebuild.
“The transition team for the incoming government has been briefed on the establishment of the fund.
“I am traveling to Kamloops today to meet with emergency officials and families impacted by the wildfires. I want to ensure our government is doing everything possible to provide support during such a devastating time for so many British Columbians.”