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Wildfire Update #1

Jul 10, 2017

WILDFIRE INFORMATION UPDATE FROM THE VILLAGE OF McBRIDE

July 10, 2017 12:00PM

The Province of British Columbia has declared a provincial state of emergency due to the extensive number of wild fires affecting many communities in the Central Interior and Cariboo Regions.

The Village of McBride will post information on their web site www.mcbride.ca and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VillageMcBride/. Residents are encouraged to use these sites to access accurate information.

Printed releases will be posted at the Village Office, the local detachment of the RCMP, Beaverview Lodge, AG Foods and the Visitor Information Centre.

At this time, there are no fires of significance in the McBride area. Smoke in the air is from the many fires in the Cariboo Region. With continued hot weather the situation can change quickly. All residents are encouraged to be prepared by having a 72-hour emergency kit. The following link shows what to put in your kit.

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/build-an-emergency-kit

Smoke in the area is from the many fires in the Cariboo Region.

Many communities have been evacuated and several major highway routes have been closed. This has resulted in increased traffic through our area. For accurate road information go to DriveBC

http://drivebc.ca/mobile/events/index.html

Locally, several community volunteers have set up an Evacuee Comfort Centre at the Robson Valley Community Centre so that evacuees travelling to Prince George can stop for a break. They are also coordinating some local services for travellers. They have set up a Facebook page to coordinate local support. If you are looking for ways to help, please contact this volunteer group or visit their Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/127725014492120/

Evacuees from 100 Mile House and other locations in the Cariboo are being directed to the official Emergency Centres in Prince George.

https://princegeorge.ca/Pages/default.aspx

As of 8:00AM Monday, July 10 an open fire ban came into effect in the Prince George Fire Centre including the Robson Valley. For additional information on fire bans visit

http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/wildfirenews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=2786

For up to date information on the wildfire situation in British Columbia visit

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George regularly posts information bulletins regarding those areas within the RD. For accurate information in the Regional District visit

http://rdffg.bc.ca/

Offers to donate food, clothing, and other items, while kind, can create logistical issues for staff that can hamper efforts to help the evacuees. For this reason, the City of Prince George is encouraging people wishing to donate to do so via giving funds to the British Columbia Fires Appeal with the Canadian Red Cross.

Contact
Village of McBride
250-569-2229

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