B.C. Wildfire: Entire city and area of
ordered evacuated Williams
The provincial wildfire crisis took a dramatic turn for the worse Saturday evening as the entire city of
Williams Lake and its surrounding area were ordered evacuated. With
the main highway, Hwy. 97, cut just to the north of the city by firefighting
efforts and far to the south by the Ashcroft-Cache Creek fire, the order meant
thousands were heading south on Hwy. 97, then cutting east on the only other
highway out, Hwy. 24, a secondary highway. From the junction with Hwy. 5 near
Little Fort, evacuees were told to head south of . The timing of the evacuation, ordered just before , was driven by fears that fires could shortly cut
that last route out of Kamloops . Williams Lake
Just a brief update to let everyone know that we are all fine, although now living out of a motel many miles from home as we have been ordered out of our town due to the current wildfire threat, (see article link above).
Some 20,000+ people including I and my family were given the order to leave Williams Lake, Saturday evening at 6:00 pm. The highway was like a parking lot for many hours with a steady stream of traffic all exiting the town, but everyone vacated the city in good order from what we hear,
So here we sit waiting for news on the status of our city and just how the fight goes against these very large fires. Still no rain, and more warm temperatures in the days ahead according to recent weather forecasts.
Thank you for your many prayers, and we ask that you continue to pray for the safety of the many fire fighters and first responders currently on the scene, We also look for rain and much of it for that will be the only thing that will be able to end the threat from these fires on a permanent basis.
Thank you and may God bless you all,
Duane, Shelley, and family
Update: Saturday, July21
We are still under evacuation order which means we are still living out of a 5th wheel trailer in a Provincial Campground several hours away from our home town. The fires threatening our town are 8,000 hectares and 13,000 hectares in size with the closest fire still 7 kilometres from the City. (For our American visitors that's over 16,000 acres, 26,000 acres and about 4 miles).
While the fires may not be of threat to our town as yet, the smoke is something horrible as the following article indicates:
There has been some rain but not nearly enough. We pray for more.
Needless to say we will be camping for a while with short trips into a local town for shopping and the occasional update on this blog.
God bless all, and we look to be home soon.
Duane & Shelley