Over 1,500 properties being evacuated at 100 Mile House due to B.C. wildfires

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      An evacuation is underway in the South Cariboo region of B.C. due to wildfires.

      North District B.C. RCMP announced this afternoon that the Cariboo Regional District issued an evacuation order, effective immediately for the 100 Mile House region due to fires.

       “We are asking everyone to gather necessary items and head immediately to the evacuation route closest to your residence,” 100 Mile House RCMP Detachment Commander Sgt. Svend Neilsen stated in a news release. “Please follow directions from officers and other emergency personnel who are assisting in the evacuation of impacted areas. Drive safely as roadways may be obstructed by smoke.

      One evacuation order is for 482 parcels in the Canim Lake South to Mahood Lake area that covers 26,395 hectares.

      The evacuation route is as follows:

      • Mahood Lake Road west to Canim Lake South Road;
      • west to Canim-Hendrix Lake Road;
      • west to Highway 97;
      • south to 100 Mile House;

      The second area under evacuation includes 1,074 properties in Flat Lake to Green Lake North, and covers 56,970 hectares. The evacuation route for this area is:

      • Highway 97 North;
      • Little Green Lake Road to North Bonaparte Road to Highway 24 West to Highway 97 North to 100 Mile House;
      • Watch Lake Road North to Highway 24 West to Highway 97 North to 100 Mile House.

      All evacuees should register online, at an evacuation centre, or call 1-800-585-9559.

      Meanwhile, an evacuation alert was also issued this afternoon for Seymour Arm in the Shuswap region.

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