Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update -- Aug 16th am

Good morning:

Since yesterday - the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) issued 2 Evacuation Alerts.  For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, click here

The City of Williams Lake rescinded its' Evacuation Alert last night at 6pm - read more here

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas B, F, I, J, K and L) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081

A reminder that off-road vehicle use is currently BANNED in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres.  More details here.  An Area Restriction Order banning access to the back country for ALL Crown Land was issued on Friday, August 11th by the Cariboo Fire Centre until September 5th or sooner, if conditions allow.  Full details here

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb issued a message to his community last night, as follows:

Well its Tues night and just finished a council meeting. Also as of 6 o'clock tonight we lifted the alert for the city. After much consultation and discussion on events around us it was determand that the risk of harm to property or people within the city boudaries was at a low enough level to lift the alert. Our parks and trails with the exception of Boitanio park and Kiwanis playground are still off limits. The area is still very dry and we continue to ask that you be very cautious and if you see anything that looks like a fire to report it.
The smoke is still an issue but am told we will be dealing with that in one form or another probably until snow flies.
With the lifting of the order it will allow our hospital to also get back to full service.
So for now I will say good night but don't forget to pray for rain.


Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here).

Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:

· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WL Council Highlights - Aug 15th mtg

Present: Mayor Cobb; Councillors S. Nelson, J. Ryll, L. Walters and S. Zacharias

Meeting called to order at 6pm

Meeting Agenda approved/Minutes of the July 4th Council Meeting adopted

Business:

1) Council received for information the accounts payable computer cheque listings dated July 6, 12, 31, August 1, 3, 8 and 10, 2017

2) After receiving no public input -- Council approved Temporary Use Permit #01-2017 for Naomi Smith at property at 80 4th Avenue North

3) Council awarded the contract for CCTV camera inspection and cleaning of 19,500 metres of sanitary sewer mains to Mar-Tech Underground Services Ltd. for the bid price of $74,100, including applicable taxes

4) Council referred the tender for the River Valley Storm Drainage Phase 4 project back to Staff in order to negotiate the tender components within the approved budget for this project

5) Council received In-Camera Report #6-2017 respecting an In-Camera Resolution passed at the August 1st In-Camera Meeting of Williams Lake City Council, in regards to union employee wages during the City's local state of emergency which said Resolution is:

“That, in consideration of IUOE Local 882 providing its members who evacuated pursuant to evacuation orders with a $500 emergency assistance payment, Council approve providing Union staff who remained in the Williams Lake area during the evacuation order with a $500 emergency assistance payment to ensure all Union members receive equal treatment.”

7) Council received the 'Council Information Package', as of August 15th as follows:

July 5, 2017 - NDIT 2017 Second Quarter Report

Members of Council reported out on their activities since the last Council Meeting of July 4th

Media Question Period -- Rebecca Kelly (My Cariboo Now) re: Paving Projects in Williams Lake

Meeting adjourned at 6:20pm

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update -- Aug 15th am

Good morning:

Since yesterday - the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) issued 1 Evacuation Alert.  For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, click here

For the current Evacuation Alert for the City of Williams Lake - click here.

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas B, D, F, I, J, K and L) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081

A reminder that off-road vehicle use is currently BANNED in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres.  More details here.  An Area Restriction Order banning access to the back country for ALL Crown Land was issued on Friday, August 11th by the Cariboo Fire Centre until September 5th or sooner, if conditions allow.  Full details here

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb issued a message to his community last night, as follows:

We'll it seams we have passed the critical point as far as the city goes. Not so for our friends out west. This past weekend was hell for many. Some evacuation orders have been lifted and some initiated. Will this nightmare never end.
Other than the heavy smoke all was quiet today. No new fires as of today that I am aware of. Some are still growing and it appears some are moving around and burning up what they missed last time around.
There are some not so easy decisions to make in the next couple of days. What to do, how to try to get back to normal if there is such a thing these days. So much depend on mother nature and she is not letting us know what's next.
So another safe day cooler nights and no wind warnings.


Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here).

Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:

· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates

Monday, August 14, 2017

Support for various Economic Sectors Affected by BC Wildfires

Courtesy of the BC Economic Development Association (BCEDA):

BCEDA is pleased to share that the Red Cross and the Province of BC have announced an emergency assistance program for Small Business, Not-for-Profit Organizations and First Nations Cultural Livelihoods.

The Canadian Red Cross will be providing emergency assistance of $1,500 to each eligible small business, not-for-profit organization or cultural livelihood directly impacted by the British Columbia Fires through an application and validation process. This funding is made possible through a contribution from the government of British Columbia.

Who can apply?

To receive funding, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and First Nation people who support their community and its members through cultural livelihoods must meet the following basic requirements. Additional information will be required during the application process.

Types of businesses, organizations and First Nations individuals:

* Sole Proprietors
* Partnerships
* Corporations
* Franchises
* Not-for-profit organizations (Organization descriptions)
* First Nations businesses
* First Nations members whose main income support comes from carrying out a cultural livelihood (Cultural livelihood definitions)

In addition, applicants must:

* Have 50 employees or less (does not apply to not-for-profit organizations)
* Be located in a community that was (or is) under an evacuation order or evacuation alert as a result of the 2017 British Columbia Fires, including First Nations businesses or traditional cultural livelihoods located on-reserve.
* Eligibility has also been extended to areas directly impacted by closures along: Highway 20; Highway 97, south of Prince George to areas covered by evacuation alerts; Highway 26 to Barkerville; and, eastern Cariboo Regional District communities of Horsefly and Likely.
* NOTE: Given the event is ongoing, please check back for additional eligible communities. The Province continues to review areas directly and significantly impacted by closures and will make adjustments to the eligibility as required but does not want to delay support to these affected communities while that review is undertaken.
* Have been in operation on or before July 7, 2017
* Be financially vulnerable as a result of the 2017 BC Fires
* Have resumed or are intending to resume operations

How to Apply:

To apply for this assistance please go to www.redcross.ca/bcfires/smallbusiness and complete the application form. You can also call 1-855-999-3345 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, Monday to Friday.

BCEDA Business Recovery Hotline:

Businesses that have registered with the BCEDA Business Recovery Hotline have been sent a direct email with the details and the process to apply. The Business Recovery Hotline will remain open to provide additional information and referrals to supports in your local area. 1-877-4BC-EDRP.

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update -- August 14th am

Good morning:

Since yesterday - the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) issued 1 Evacuation Order and 1 Evacuation Alert.  For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, click here

For the current Evacuation Alert for the City of Williams Lake - click here.

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas B, D, F, H, I, J, K and L) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081

A reminder that off-road vehicle use is currently BANNED in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres.  More details here.  An Area Restriction Order banning access to the back country for ALL Crown Land was issued on Friday, August 11th by the Cariboo Fire Centre until September 5th or sooner, if conditions allow.  Full details here

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb issued a message to his community last night, as follows:

Sunday night and hopefully we are just ending the thunder and lightening storm . Just finished the daily conference call. A number of lightening strikes today and once again we are ok here in the city. Once again no new fires or expansion near town. The last hour or so information may not be available yet so if you see anything that even resembles a fire call in immediately. *5555 or 911. Our fire crews are maxed out and any new fires will take fighters away from the larger ones in order to contain any new ones.
For those of you still away from home we had a mixed bag today. Beautiful morning with a little rain last night. The smoke started rolling in about 10:30. Very Smokey then the rain came a couple of times. Not enough but beter than nothing. One more safe day here in the city and as one person said all hell broke loose and mother nature kicked ass in some areas.
More rain needed.


Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here).

Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:

· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update - August 13th am

Good morning:

A very active Region for wildfires since 7pm last night... 

Since yesterday - the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) issued 4 Evacuation Orders and 2 Evacuation Alerts.  For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, click here

For the current Evacuation Alert for the City of Williams Lake - click here.

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas B, D, F, I, J, K and L) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081

Given the predicted increased winds this weekend - the CRD will NOT be reviewing its currently issued evacuation orders or alerts until Monday morning which at that point, a review will take place to see what, if any, damage the increased winds did to the fire situation in the Region and review the status of the existing CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders

A reminder that off-road vehicle use is currently BANNED in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres.  More details here.  An Area Restriction Order banning access to the back country for ALL Crown Land was issued yesterday by the Cariboo Fire Centre until September 5th or sooner, if conditions allow.  Full details here

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb issued a message to his community last night, as follows:

Took part in the conference call at 8. Things really heated up out west today with the wind. Your CRD site can give you the details. Not pretty.
Although it was windy in town and cleared some of the smoke we were told that around Williams Lake itself all was fine.
It has been so smokey it was impossible to evaluate the extent of today's damage but should get a briefing in the morning when it can be assessed. Apparently on most eastern fronts it has been relatively stable but that does not mean much unless you can see it on a map and know exactly where the fires are.
All in all it has not been a good day for fire fighters or the fire center to try to determine what may be next.


Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here).

Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:

· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates

Saturday, August 12, 2017

High winds in Cariboo a concern this weekend for active wildfires

Courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service:

A cold front bringing strong and shifting winds is expected to move into the Cariboo Fire Centre today and persist into Sunday. There is also a risk of lightning, as winds could gust up to 60 kilometres per hour in unpredictable directions.  
Given the current wildfire situation throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, the BC Wildfire Service anticipates that this weather system will lead to a substantial increase in wildfire activity throughout the region.
This wind event could cause existing fires to grow significantly and any new fires may burn aggressively and spread quickly. Firefighting crews have spent the last few days preparing for these expected conditions, but containment efforts will be challenged by the gusty winds.
Although precipitation is expected in the Cariboo Fire Centre over the next couple of days, the amount of rainfall will vary by region. Rain can help decrease fire behaviour temporarily, but its benefits can be short-lived if hot and windy conditions return.
The BC Wildfire Service’s priorities in the Cariboo Fire Centre over the weekend are ensuring the safety of first responders and the public, protecting transportation corridors and conducting aggressive initial attacks on any new fires that start.
The BC Wildfire Service is urging members of the public to remain vigilant. To report a wildfire or an open burning violation, please call 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.
For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FORESTor visit: www.bcwildfire.ca
You can follow the latest wildfire news:

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update -- Aug 12th am

Good morning:

Since yesterday - the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) issued 4 Evacuation Orders.  For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, click here

For the current Evacuation Alert for the City of Williams Lake - click here.

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas B, D, F, I, J, K and L) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081

Given the predicted increased winds this weekend - the CRD will NOT be reviewing its currently issued evacuation orders or alerts until Monday morning which at that point, a review will take place to see what, if any, damage the increased winds did to the fire situation in the Region and review the status of the existing CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders

A reminder that off-road vehicle use is currently BANNED in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres.  More details here.  An Area Restriction Order banning access to the back country for ALL Crown Land was issued yesterday by the Cariboo Fire Centre until September 5th or sooner, if conditions allow.  Full details here

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb issued a message to his community last night, as follows:

Good evening. Only got heck once today for not posting yesterday.
Thought I would give everyone a rest as well as I did not get through on the conference call to get the daily update so had nothing new.
Just got off the phone and it was quiet today. The smoke is from the lack of wind. There is a air quality alert for most of BC tonight. The forecast is for cooler weather and a bit of rain. Winds are changing which is good for us but not for others.
Every day like this is a good day fire wise so I guess we will have to put up with the smoke for now. The helicopter activity you hear is dousing hot spots as the appear. Apparently there were a couple around the 50 today.
Other than that the fire crews have been working on many fronts ad feel confident they are gaining so let's hope this weather front coming in for the weekend does not start anything new. Have a good night.


Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here).

Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:

· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates

Friday, August 11, 2017

Williams Lake Council meets Tuesday!

With the City of Quesnel, the Districts of 100 Mile House/Wells, the Boards of Education for School Districts #27/28 and the Cariboo Regional District Board still on summer recess - Williams Lake Council will be meeting Tuesday at 6pm in Williams Lake Council Chambers (450 Mart St).  On their Agenda:

* Account Payable Computer Cheque Listing
* Temporary Use Permit Application - TUP#01-2017 - Naomi Smith (Muriel & Brian Garland) - for APPROVAL
* City Transit - current no City Staff report available, but should be available on Monday for perusal
* CCTV Camera Inspection & Cleaning of Sanitary Sewer Mains - Award of Tender
* River Valley Storm Drainage Phase 4 - Award of Tender
* Union Employee Wages during Local State of Emergency - In-Camera Report #06-2017

View the full Agenda here

Backcountry closed in the Cariboo

Courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service:

Backcountry Ban Prohibition Area
within the Cariboo Fire Centre Boundaries
Effective at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, ALL Crown land within the Cariboo Fire Centre is closed to public access due to the continued extreme fire danger and the number of active wildfires throughout the region.

High winds are expected to increase fire activity over the next few days.

The area restriction order means that a person must not remain in or enter the restricted area without the prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area in the course of:


a) travelling to or from his or her principal residence, that is not under an evacuation order;
b) using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;
c) travelling as a person acting in an official capacity;
d) travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities;
e) engaging in a commercial activity within the regular course of the person’s business or employment; or,
f) participating in a commercial activity that a person described in (e) provides.

The Cariboo Fire Centre stretches from Loon Lake (near Clinton) in the south to the Cottonwood River (near Quesnel) in the north and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.

A map of the affected area is available online at: http://ow.ly/SFhP30elHuP

Evacuation orders and evacuation alerts issued by the Cariboo Regional District remain in place. For more information about these alerts and orders, please visit: http://ow.ly/9laX30ekdew

Smoky conditions may persist in the coming weeks. For information on air quality, as well as smoke forecasts for Western Canada, visit the BC Air Quality website: www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky/west/index.html

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update -- Aug 11 am

Good morning:

Since the last report  - the Cariboo Regional District issued 1 Evacuation Order and 1 Evacuation Alert

For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, click here

For the current Evacuation Alert for the City of Williams Lake - click here.

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas B, D, F, I, J, K and L) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081

A reminder that off-road vehicle use is currently BANNED in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres.  More details here.  An Fire Area Restriction warning for ALL Crown Land was issued yesterday by the Cariboo Fire Centre.  IF it is authorized, it will go into effect on Friday at noon today.  That would be NO access of Crown Land WITHOUT prior written authorization

Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here).

Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:

· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Full backcountry closure possible for the Cariboo

Courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service:

Due to the extreme fire danger that exists throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre and the number of active wildfires, the BC Wildfire Service is contemplating an area restriction for all Crown land within the jurisdiction of the Cariboo Fire Centre that would go into effect at noon, Friday, Aug. 11.

The final decision will be made Friday morning. The area restriction will be implemented if high winds materialize as currently forecasted.

The area restriction order means that a person must not remain in or enter the restricted area without the prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person:

Enters the area only in the course of:
(a) Travelling to or from his or her principle residence;
(b) Using a highway as defined in the Highway Act;
(c) Travelling as a person acting in an official capacity; or
(d) Travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.

The Cariboo Fire Centre stretches from Loon Lake (near Clinton) in the south to the Cottonwood River (near Quesnel) in the north and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.

Evacuation orders and alerts issued by the Cariboo Regional District remain in place. For more information about these alerts and orders, please visit: http://bit.ly/2uEChbX

Smokey conditions may persist for the coming weeks. For information on air quality, as well as smoke forecasts for Western Canada, visit the BC Air Quality website: www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky/west/index.html

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news:

* On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

* On Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

NEW FIRST NATIONS EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY AND A NEW APPROACH

Courtesy of the Lhoosk’uz Dene, Lhtako Dene and Nazko Nations:

Today, Leaders of the Lhoosk’uz Dene Nation, Lhtako Dene Nation and Nazko Nation celebrated the creation of the Quesnel Dakelh Education & Employment Society. The society will operate as a central hub or, nexus to support the attainment of Education, Training and Employment of community members while, helping to mitigate poverty and support the overall economic and social capacity of the three Nations.

“It is time that we as Nations’… that we as Partners… take a different path to support the economic, education and social goals of our community members. It is time to take a different path… to take ownership and make our future stronger, together” said, Chief Clifford Lebrun of the Lhtako Dene Nation.

The organization is a unique partnership with both operational and strategic support from Industry Partners. Each nation will appoint an industry partner to the corporate board to help ensure alignment with current and future developments within the economy. The Society will take a case management approach with the goal of “providing support to those who wish to reach their goals in what ever field they choose” said, Chief Stuart Alec of the Nazko First Nation who also sits as the society President. Larry Gardner, Vice-President of Canadian Woodlands for West Fraser Timber (TSX: WFT) highlighted that “the Quesnel Dakelh Education and Employment Society reflects our commitment to create opportunities for employment today and into the future. We hope its holistic approach will further develop the economic capacity of First Nations, improve social conditions, and play a role in poverty reduction.”

“Ensuring that community members have full participation in the economy, is a priority. Access to education and ultimately employment is key to addressing poverty and economic capacity within our communities, thus making our Nations stronger” said, Chief Liliane Squinas of Lhoosk’uz Dene Nation The society’s executive has appointed Karsten Henriksen as Interim-Chief Executive Officer. Henriksen’s background includes service as an Faculty Member, Academic Dean and Director within Western Canada’s Post-Secondary System and has an extensive history working with Industry, First Nations’ and Indigenous partners.

“We look forward to working with all partners including industry, the Government of Canada and Premier John Horgan’s new government to implement new strategies to change the paradigm in First Nations Education and Employment Services for community members” said, Henriksen

West Fraser Centre Opening Weekend Celebrations

Joint Release of the City of Quesnel/Cariboo Regional District:

The highly anticipated opening of the West Fraser Centre will include a rock concert, a tailgate party, and a hockey game featuring Vancouver Canucks Alumni.  The Grand Opening festivities will kick off with a Saturday night concert, September 16, headlined by Vancouver rock legends 54-40.  54-40 recorded 3 Canadian Platinum albums and one gold album in the 1990s with hit songs like “Ocean Pearl”, “Lies to Me”, and “I Go Blind”.
The celebration will continue on Sunday, September 17 from 2 – 5 pm with a ribbon cutting and community tailgate party that will include live music and food vendors in the plaza around the new arena.  The community will have the opportunity to tour the state of the art facility and strap on their skates and take to the ice for an afternoon of public skating.  There will also be face painting, games, and activities for the whole family and a chance to meet and get autographs from Canucks Alumni.
The Grand Opening Weekend will wind up with the Official Opening and a hockey game between local players and the Vancouver Canucks Alumni.  
The West Fraser Centre is equipped with a regulation size ice surface, fixed seating for over 1,300 people plus standing room, multi-purpose rooms, and a concession.
Construction on the West Fraser Centre started in the spring of 2017 and is expected to be completed on schedule and on budget for $20.6 million.  Over $6 million has be spent to date on local contractors and suppliers on this project.
The West Fraser Centre is funded jointly funded by the City of Quesnel and Cariboo Regional District (CRD) under the CRD’s North Cariboo Recreation and Parks function.
The Event Schedule:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

54.40 Concert
Doors open at 7 pm
Tickets: on sale at the Arts and Recreation Centre:  $10 each, max. 8 tickets per person

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017

Tailgate party, public skate and arena tours
Entertainment, public skating, activities and food vendors.
2 – 5 pm
Free
Inaugural Hockey Game and Opening Ceremonies
West Fraser Centre Team VS the Vancouver Canucks Alumni
Doors open at 6 pm
Tickets: on sale at the Arts and Recreation Centre:  $5, max. 8 tickets per person

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for both events are available ONLY at the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre starting on August 9, 2017 at 8:30 am.

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update -- Aug 10th pm

Good smoky afternoon:

Since the last report  - the Cariboo Regional District issued 1 Evacuation Order
For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, click here

For the current Evacuation Alert for the City of Williams Lake - click here.

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas B, D, F, I, J, K and L) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081

A reminder that off-road vehicle use is currently BANNED in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres.  More details here.  An Fire Area Restriction warning for ALL Crown Land was issued today by the Cariboo Fire Centre.  IF it is authorized, it will go into effect on Friday at noon.  That would be NO access of Crown Land WITHOUT prior written authorization

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb's message to his community yesterday was:

Today was a pretty good day. Quite smokey but cleared up tonight. I am told if it had not been Smokey it would have been over 40. HOT. Every day is looking better and the fires at least around the city have been quiet. The weather a you have no doubt heard is unpredictable and every day we hope for better but get the same old same old. No one here has any control over the weather but think your prayers may be helping.
Looking at the news the smoke conditions are worse in some areas than they are here so there is something to be thankful for.
It looks like we can rest safely tonight so take advantage and hope for the best tomorrow. One day at a time. Pacients is not one of my better virtues but am learning.
Have a good night.


Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here).

Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:

· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

After 50 years, are Regional Districts' still relevant?

Yesterday - Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) Area 'P' Director Mel Rothenburger wrote on the subject of the 50th Anniversary of the Thompson Nicola Regional District.  The exact 50th birthday of the TNRD will be November 24th, 2017.  

Regional Districts were a creation of the Province back in the mid-1960's to bring local government more closer to home for those living in the rural areas of BC.  A full write-up on what a regional district is can be viewed here

Meanwhile - Director Rothenburger asks:

After 50 years, Are Regional Districts still relevant to the rural people of British Columbia?

His answer: Yes, but all Regional Districts' still face a number of challenges.  Read his article here.  I too agree with Director Rothenburger.  While there will be always challenges, working with rural communities and finding solutions that work for those communities will be key in keeping rural communities resilient and vitalized...

The Fraser-Fort George RD is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year by holding their Board Meetings in McBride, Valemount and Mackenzie.  The Fraser Valley Regional District is also recognizing 50 years of Regional Districts in BC this year.  However, their actual 50th anniversary will come in the year 2045.  Other Regional Districts celebrating their 50th in 2017 include:

* Central Okanagan
* Nanaimo
* Sunshine Coast

Meanwhile - the Cariboo Regional District will celebrate its' 50th anniversary in 2018 and I expect we will address the 50th Anniversary plan during our 2018 Budget Planning this fall

~SF

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update - Aug 8th am

Good morning:

Yesterday - the Cariboo Regional District issued 2 Evacuation Alerts and 1 Evacuation Order
For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, click here

For the current Evacuation Alert for the City of Williams Lake - click here.

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas B, D, F, I, J, K and L) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081

A reminder that off-road vehicle use is currently BANNED in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres.  More details here

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb's message to his community yesterday was:

Well we all we survived another weekend. For those of you not home yet we had a mixed bag for smoke. This morning Smokey but cleared up until now and starting to move in slowly.
Just got off the phone with an update for today. I posted the video as well. No growth on the ones right around the city. The Comer Trailer court area has been allowed back home so that gives me a little more comfort on that fire front.
Very hot today 35 and has not cooled off much yet.
For those of you who are home, I hope you had a good weekend and ready to get back to work.
Can't wait to get back to normal.


Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here).

Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:

· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates

Monday, August 7, 2017

Changes from Evac Orders to Alerts within Central Cariboo

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The Cariboo Regional District announced today that residents are allowed to return to portions of the Central Cariboo area near Williams Lake. Before deciding to return, residents are encouraged to consider that wildfire activity continues in these areas, air quality remains poor and the areas are still on evacuation alert.
 
The areas that have been downgraded from an evacuation order to an evacuation alert include:
  • a portion of properties around the south half of Soda Creek Road including Frizzi Road.
  • portions of the East side of Likely Road. 
  • a portion of properties along the Highway 97 corridor north of the Wildwood area.
The areas surrounding the downgraded areas remain under evacuation orders.
 
See attached maps: http://bit.ly/2wByZYp 

For detailed maps, visit cariboord.ca
 
The Cariboo Regional District has revised the following orders to reflect these changes. The revised orders are North and South of Mountain House Road #3, Soda Creek Road/Frizzi Road Area #3, and South of Frizzi Road to Highway 20.
 
To view all evacuation alerts and orders, visit cariboord.ca
 
Residents are returning to an area that has been profoundly affected by wildfire. Wildfires remain active and firefighting activities continue in the area. It is important for residents to stay out of active wildfire areas. Security is in place for surrounding areas. Interfering in an active fire area will result in crews ceasing ground and air operations potentially endangering nearby properties.
 
Since these areas remain on evacuation alert, residents must be prepared in case the area receives a future evacuation order on short notice. Local governments may not have time to go door-to-door should a new evacuation order be issued. Information about what to do when on evacuation alert is listed below.
 
It is also important to note that air quality remains poor as a result of smoke from nearby fire activity. Those with respiratory issues, small children and the elderly should consider this before they choose to return to the area.
 
Further, services such as health care may be limited for some time. Anyone choosing to return to the area should ensure that they return with basic necessities including food and prescriptions for up to seven days as well as a full tank of gas.
 
Residents returning to the area are strongly encouraged to register for the Cariboo Chilcotin Emergency Notification System to receive a text, call or email regarding Evacuation Alerts and Orders:https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085612292#/signup
 
Transportation Back Into the Area
 
The north route from Prince George into Williams Lake along Highway 97 is open. Please watch for livestock and wildlife on roads around Williams Lake as many fences have burned in the area.
 
For those who were evacuated from the community via bus contact your closest ESS reception centre for transportation options.
 
Resiliency Centre Available
 
A resiliency centre is available in Williams Lake to provide information and programs of support for wildfire evacuees.
 
Agencies are available at the resiliency centre to provide services to returning residents, including Red Cross, Emergency Social Services, First Nations support services, Telus, insurance agencies, Service BC, Service Canada, SPCA, social assistance agencies, mental health and counselling support and more.
 
The resiliency centre is set up at the Boitanio Mall (850 Oliver Street) and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until need subsides. Red Cross services are available to anyone returning to the area that requires assistance. The Red Cross can be reached at 1-800-863-6582. Contact the Resiliency Centre at 250-305-0226.
 
Group Lodging Unavailable in Williams Lake
 
Group lodging through Emergency Social Services (ESS) will not be available in Williams Lake. Evacuees from other areas within the Cariboo Regional District should remain in their current locations until this situation changes.
 
Assessing Danger Trees on Affected Properties
 
For rural properties that have been impacted by wildfire, residents should be aware there may be danger trees in wildfire affected areas. Home owners and private land owners are recommended to work with an insurance agency to have an assessment done by a qualified arborist on their private property.
 
Remaining On Evacuation Alert
 
Since the area remains on evacuation alert, residents should remain prepared for an evacuation by:
  • Having a plan to transport all family members or co-workers outside the area, should the area be brought back under evacuation order.
  • Keeping essential items readily available for a quick departure, including medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependents and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc).
  • Ensuring that any dependents are prepared for departure. 
  • Ensuring that pets and livestock remain in a safe area. 
  • Ensuring that you have accommodation options for your family, if possible. A Reception Centre will be made available again if required.
  • Monitoring reliable news sources for evacuation order information. Further information will be issued as it becomes available.
For Cariboo Regional District information, please visit cariboord.ca or facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations or @CaribooRD or call the CRD’s public information line at 1-866-759-4977.

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update -- August 7th am

Good morning:

Yesterday - the Cariboo Regional District issued 1 New Evacuation Alert for the Northwest side of Quesnel Lake.  For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, click here

For the current Evacuation Alert for the City of Williams Lake - click here.

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas B, D, F, I, J, K and L) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081

A reminder that off-road vehicle use is currently BANNED in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres.  More details here 

Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here).

Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:

· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update -- August 6th am

Good morning:

Yesterday - the Cariboo Regional District issued 1 New Evacuation Order for the North Arm of Quesnel Lake.  For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, click here

For the current Evacuation Alert for the City of Williams Lake - click here.

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas B, D, F, I, J, K and L) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081

A reminder that off-road vehicle use is now BANNED in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres.  More details here 

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb's message to his residents' in Williams Lake yesterday was:

Saturday night. Not a bad day today. Some smoke this morning but not as bad tonight. Can actually see the moon and it's not too red.
Earlier I posted the fire center report so if you saw it you would know the "White Lake fire that was the cause of the evacuation is considered 40% contained. The one that is now a concern for us seems to be the one I think they call the Hanceville fire that is heading towards the Gang Ranch/Dog Creek direction particularly if it crosses the Fraser like the White Lake one did.
I have not stopped in at the Resiliency center or the donation center in the last couple of days so don't know if they are as busy. Seems to be a lot of cars in the parking lot.
Enjoy the long weekend and unless there are important changes I will sign off til Monday night. But will keep checking for questions.

Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here).

Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:

· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates

~SF

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Districts of Wells/100 Mile House Councils' meet Tuesday

With the Cities of Quesnel/Williams Lake, Cariboo Regional District Board and the Boards' of Education for School Districts' #27/28 (Cariboo-Chilcotin/Quesnel) still on summer recess - both the Districts of Wells and 100 Mile House Municipal Councils' will be meeting on Tuesday as follows:

Wells - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 8th at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  On the Agenda:

* Wells and Area Community Association (WAACA) Community Garage Sale Fundraiser Request
* NDIT Grant Support request from Barkerville
* 3 Letters to Wells Council re: proposal from Barkerville Gold Mines (BGM) for a Temporary Use Permit to support a Fueling Station
* Staff Reports: CAO; Community Marketing and Community Grant Writer; Wells Volunteer Fire Brigade
* Bylaw No. 153, 2017 – Wells Wheels ATV Corridor - for ADOPTION
* Proposed Temporary Use Policy for the District of Wells

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 8th at 7pm in 100 Mile House Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue). On the Agenda:

* By-Law Officer report for the period of June 1st to June 30th 2017
* Bike Skills Park Design
* DVP Application - 100 Mile Community Church
* Alpine Water Upgrade Tender Award
* Zoning Amendment By-Law 1311, 2017 -- for ADOPTION

View the full Agenda here

~SF

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update - Aug 5th am

Good morning:

Yesterday - the Cariboo Regional District issued 1 new Evacuation Alert and 2 new Evacuation Orders.  For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, click here

For the current Evacuation Alert for the City of Williams Lake - click here.

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas B, D, F, I, J, K and L) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081

A reminder that off-road vehicle use is now BANNED in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres.  More details here

Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here).

Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:

· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates

~SF

Friday, August 4, 2017

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update - August 4th am

Good morning:

Yesterday - the Cariboo Regional District issued no new Evacuation Alerts or Orders.

For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, click here

For the current Evacuation Alert for the City of Williams Lake - click here.

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas D, F, I, J, K and L) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081

Something else the Cariboo Regional District is working on is a ban on ATV's, etc in the backcountry while we have the extreme fire risk around the Province.  Here is a report from my CRD Colleague/Area H Director Margo Wagner yesterday on the subject and I agree with the premise of what she says, as does the Cariboo Regional District Board:

The Cariboo Regional District is trying to get the Provincial Government to issue a ban from allowing the public to use the backcountry either on foot, by motorized vehicles etc. We have the co-operation of the BC Cattleman Association, and the Cariboo-Chilcotin-Coast Tourism Association, and with the long weekend upon us, all Cariboo residents are concerned that fires could start. However, the Provincial Government, in its' infinite wisdom, has put this on a Deputy Minister's desk, where it will sit for who knows how long. Both MLA Donna Barnett and CRD Chair Al Richmond have been working on this all day, but with no success. So please feel free to vent and cause an uproar, as this to us, on the ground and living in these communities at risk, is ridiculous

If you agree with the above - please contact the following people:

1) MLA Donna Barnett - 250-395-3516 (100 Mile House) or 250-305-3800 (Williams Lake) or via email at donna.barnett.mla@leg.bc.ca

2) MLA Coralee Oakes -- 250-991-0296 or via email at coralee.oakes.mla@leg.bc.ca

3) Minister of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations - Hon. Doug Donaldson via email at FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca or phone 1-800-663-7867 and ask to be transferred to 250-387-6240 and state where you are calling from

Here is Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb's wildfire message to the residents of the City of Williams Lake, from yesterday:

Well here we are Thurs night. Very Smokey all day. When I checked to see if from new fires wax told that no the fires were still active but the lack of a breeze today left the smoke hang around. Breeze is to pick up tonight and may clear a bit.
Not much else happening. Resiliency center busy but the whole town seems busy today.
As stated last night the fire put Riskey Creek way seems to be the most active and worry some.
Some Wildwood residents were allowed back last night.
There is no rain predicted for at least 2 weeks. There seem to be issues with funding for some thst came home. No helpful for them and can't seem to find a consistent answer.
Hope all is well for those of you still away.


Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here).

Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:

· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates

~SF

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Welcome Home from the Williams Lake Bylaw Department

Courtesy of the City of Williams Lake:

The Williams Lake Bylaw Department welcomes residents home and would like to address some concerns arising from the recent evacuation order and ongoing alert. Over the past few weeks, many lawns have no doubt become overgrown and, given the current wildfire situation, residents are encouraged to ensure properties are kept free from elements which may increase the chance of spreading any fires.

This includes keeping any grass/vegetation on properties short and orderly, as well as keeping lawns free of any combustible or unsightly materials. A clean lawn is not only more appealing, it is also much safer.

Normal water restrictions remain in effect, but residents are encouraged to be mindful of usage so that water is always available for any potential firefighting efforts. There is no need to over water lawns if the grass is kept short.

As things gradually return to normal, the public’s patience is greatly appreciated. The days before the evacuation order saw a number of visitors to our City, and some people did not have time to get everything in order before they left. As a result, there may be a vehicle or trailer parked on the street a little longer than is typical, lawns may be overgrown, or a neighbour's dog may be barking more often than usual. Please try to be patient and understanding of your neighbours both within our community and those from other communities.

If the opportunity presents itself, take the time to have a conversation with your neighbours and offer them a hand. The whole of the Cariboo has come together over the past few weeks to look out for one another. Let's all take this opportunity to support each other as we return Williams Lake to the home we all love.

For more information, contact the Bylaw Department at (250) 392-4321

Cariboo-Chilcotin Fire Update - Aug 3rd pm

Good afternoon:

Firstly - it is really smoky in Williams Lake and area however the Air Quality is at "9" or High Health Risk so you may wish to limit your outdoor activities today

Yesterday - the Cariboo Regional District issued 1 new Evacuation Order and 2 Evacuation Alerts. For the current list of CRD Evacuation Alerts/Orders, click here

For the current Evacuation Alert for the City of Williams Lake - click here.

The Districts' of Wells/100 Mile House and the City of Quesnel currently do not have their Emergency Operations Centre activated nor do they have an active Evacuation Alert or Order

Up-to-date information of the Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre, including all fires within the Cariboo Regional District, can be viewed here

If your CRD Electoral Area is partially under an Evacuation Order (Areas D, F, I, J, K and L) - you can call the CRD Emergency Ops Centre (EOC) Public Info Line for questions/clarifications at 1-866-759-4977 or use the online map at https://cariboo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=ee2b98baf5544f028aed537461762081

Finally - friendly reminder to continue to rely ONLY on official sources for Evacuation Alerts or Orders from your local government website or Facebook page or through the local media - Tribune (click here) or Vista Radio (click here).

Further Cariboo RD Wildfire Resources:

· YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk6Y8zWI_hHJXMgSIiJB-9w
· Facebook at www.facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations
· Website at http://cariboord.ca/services/emergency-and-protective-services/emergency-operations-centre-eoc/eoc-cariboo-fires-video-updates

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cariboo Community Info Fair

This evening - representatives from the BC Wildfire Branch, City of WL RCMP, Cariboo Regional District, City of Williams Lake, WL Indian Band, Cariboo-North/Cariboo-Cariboo MLA's and the Member of Parliament for Cariboo-Prince George were present as various status reports were made, in regards to the BC Wildfire Situation

After an Opening Prayer from Carol Archie from the Dog Creek/Canoe Creek Indian Band and an traditional welcome to the Williams Lake Indian Band territory from Chief Ann Louie.  Updates were presented from the BC Wildfire Service, City of Williams Lake, Cariboo Regional District, MLA's for Cariboo-Chilcotin/Cariboo-North (Donna Barnett/Coralee Oakes) and Todd Doherty, MP for Cariboo-Prince George

Also - there was an announcement by Cariboo RD Area D Director Steve Forseth that the community of Wildwood that had been under evacuation order since early July was now downgraded to an evac alert, effective immediately

After the formal presentations -- I had several discussions with Area D residents and noted some items of concern which I plan to follow up in the next few days...

There was also various groups to get information and make connections which people were able to do...

Also a good turnout of people, both from the City and Rural Areas....

The presentation video is below for your viewing pleasure:



~SF

Evacuation order for Kluskus, Blackwater, Clisbako and Nazko Area

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The Cariboo Regional District has issued an expanded evacuation order for the Kluskus, Blackwater, Clisbako and Nazko area, which is about 100 kilometres west of Quesnel. The CRD has also issued an adjacent expanded evacuation alert for the area south and west of Quesnel to Tatelkuz Lake Area. These are expansions of the order and alert issued for the area on August 1, 2017.
 
View a map to see the affected areas here:  http://bit.ly/2vuRUHP
 
Due to immediate danger to life safety due to fire, members of the RCMP or other groups will be expediting the evacuation. The evacuation route is along the Nazko Road to Quesnel.
 
For residents on evacuation alert, please be prepared to evacuate your premises or property should it be required. Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.
 
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU ARE ON EVACUATION ORDER
  • You must leave the area immediately. 
  • Register at the ESS Reception Centre in Quesnel at 500 North Star Road. 
  • Close all windows and doors. 
  • Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers.
  • Close gates (latch) but do not lock. 
  • Gather your family: take a neighbour or someone who needs help. 
  • Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and Keys) only if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.
  • Do not use more vehicles then you have to. 
  • Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service. 
  • YOU MUST LEAVE THE AREA IMMEDIATELY. 
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN AN ALERT IS IN EFFECT
Upon notification of an ALERT, you should be prepared for an evacuation order by:
  • Having a plan to transport all family members or co-workers outside of the area, should the area be brought back under evacuation order.
  • Keeping essential items readily available for a quick departure; including medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants and, if you choose, keepsakes (photographs, etc.).
  • Ensuring that any dependants are prepared for departure. 
  • Ensuring that pets and livestock remain in a safe area.  
  • Ensuring that you have accommodation options for your family, if possible. Reception Centre will be made available again if required.
  • Monitoring reliable news sources for evacuation order information. 
Further information will be issued as it becomes available via the CRD Emergency Operations Facebook page (@CRDEmergencyOperations) and the CRD websitewww.cariboord.ca. For more information contact the CRD’s public phone line at 1-866-759-4577.