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Wildfire Update #4

Jul 13, 2017

WILDFIRE INFORMATION UPDATE FROM THE VILLAGE OF McBRIDE

July 13, 2017   9:00AM

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 the Evacuee Comfort Centre at the Robson Valley Community Hall.

The Village of McBride has an Emergency Plan. Members of the team have met on several occasions and continue to meet on a regular basis for planning and preparation in the event of an emergency locally. In the event of an emergency, McBride and area are well prepared to handle the situation. The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is also available to step in with additional emergency support.

 

In the event of loss of power caused by fires outside our area, there is sufficient power from the generators and the Castle Creek hydro plant to maintain power in the Robson Valley. The systems have undergone extensive testing should an outage occur.

 

There are NO FIRES OF SIGNIFICANCE in the McBride area. If you spot a forest fire, REPORT it by calling 1-800-663-5558 or *5555 on your mobile device.

 

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

 

Favourable weather conditions yesterday enabled fire fighters to get an upper hand on the fires in the Williams Lake area. Despite the favourable weather, there were two evacuation orders in the Thompson-Nicola Region and one order and one alert issued in the Cariboo Region

 

Smoke will continue to flow into the Robson Valley but will be lighter today giving some relief to residents. Smoke is expected in the evening.

http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/BSC00WC04/current/

 

There is increased traffic through our area resulting from the fires and road closures. For accurate road information go to DriveBC

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

 

The Evacuee Comfort Centre at the Robson Valley Community Centre will remain open today so that evacuees travelling to Prince George can stop for a break. The volunteers are coordinating some local services for travellers. They have set up a Facebook page to coordinate local support. Evacuees from 100 Mile House and other locations in the Cariboo are being directed to the official Emergency Centres in Prince George.

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

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/

 

Residents wishing to donate can do so via the British Columbia Fires Appeal with the Canadian Red Cross at 

http://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/current-emergency-responses/british-columbia-fires

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

Village of McBride           250-569-2229

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