Kluskus Reserve evacuated as Euchiniko Lakes wildfire grows

Posted in Quesnel News

The Euchiniko Lakes wildfire, located approximately 125 kilometres west of Quesnel is now estimated at 1,600 hectares in size. Hot, dry conditions, low relative humidity and strong winds in the area have challenged fire suppression efforts.

The lightning-caused fire was discovered on July 8, 2014, and has grown significantly since then. Forty-one firefighters, supported by helicopters and eight pieces of heavy equipment continued to build guard around the fire today. The fire is currently burning Rank 3 (moderately vigorous surface fire) and more growth is expected.

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Wildfire near Soda Creek

Posted in Williams Lake News

Crews and aircraft from the Wildfire Management Branch are responding to a fire in the Soda Creek area, west of Highway 97. The fire is currently estimated at 12 hectares in size.

"We phoned the fire in at 3:30 and the air planes were out with in half hour," aid area resident Sarah Grant. "They have been fighting the fires since she said around "

"We believe the fires started on the train tracks but we can't confirm," Sarah added.

 Wildfire in the Dunlevy Ranch area (Soda Creek) north of Williams Lake, July 13, 2014.

Ontario fire personnel en route to assist BC's fire centres

Posted in Provincial

Due to an elevated wildfire risk in British Columbia, the Wildfire Management Branch has requested the assistance of 21 out-of-province personnel to aid with fire suppression efforts.

Hot and dry weather conditions are expected throughout the province this weekend, with a potential for thunderstorm activity to bring dry lightning to southwestern BC With this forecast in mind, fire officials are preparing for a potentially significant increase in fire activity.

Wildfire season in the Cariboo-Chilcotin heightened by extreme temperatures.  July 2014.

Despite repeated warnings, dogs are still being left in vehicles in hot weather

Posted in Williams Lake News

Despite on-going warnings and public service announcements about the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars, BC SPCA constables are being inundated with calls this summer to rescue pets left in parked vehicles.

Last month alone, the BC SPCA responded to 228 calls to rescue dogs in distress who had been left in hot cars by their guardians.

"The media is wonderful about helping us get the message out that it can be fatal to leave your pet in a hot car, even for 10 minutes, but still we receive hundreds of calls about animals in distress," says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. "We can't stress strongly enough how dangerous this is for your pet."

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Special weather statement in effect for the Cariboo-Chilcotin

Posted in Williams Lake News

Very warm air from the desert southwest of the United States has moved into the BC Interior causing extreme temperatures.

Environment Canada issued a statement this afternoon reminding people in the Cariboo and Chilcotin regions that this extremely hot weather is forecast to continue through Wednesday.

Afternoon temperatures may reach the mid 30's to 40 degrees and may exceed 40 degrees in several regions throughout the province. A cooling trend will occur later in the week.

Temperatures in the Cariboo-Chilcoting expected to reach 40 degrees C by mid-week, July 2014.

Four safe after plane crash in Bella Bella

Posted in Williams Lake News

On July 11 at 3:50pm, the BC Coast Guard and RCMP Emergency Center received a distress call from a small plane that had crashed in the St. John Harbour near Bella Bella during take off.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, but the four men who were on board at the time are all British Columbia residents. They were transported to the local hospital where two of the four were treated for minor injuries and the two others for serious but non life threatening injuries.

The investigation is in its early very early stages and more information may be released at a later time.

RCMP water fight highlight of family street party

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Each year, the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake's Street Party grows in popularity. This year the event included a free BBQ, face painting, glitter tattoos, and various art areas where kids could paint or draw with chalk or create beaded trinkets to take home with them as a memento.

"Along with Big Brothers Big Sisters, we had involvement from Scout Island Nature Centre for the nature display, the Women's Contact Society who helped the kids make home-made bouncy balls, and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Child Development Centre with the remote control race cars," said Stefanie Hendrickson, Operations Coordinator with the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District. "Our volunteers and staff who helped out were amazing!" she beamed.

Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake annual Street Party (2014) was a huge hits with kids of all ages.


Northerly flow bringing smoke to the Cariboo

Posted in Williams Lake News

Williams Lake air quality not affected by smoke in the valley caused by fires further north in the province.Sandra Wagner, the Communications Specialist with the Cariboo Fire Centre says the smoke settled in the Cariboo currently is likely drifting in from the Red Deer Creek fire near Tumbler Ridge, approximately 285 km NE of Williams Lake.

Wagner added that there are other wildfires in the northern fire centres that could also be contributing to the smoke, and the smoky conditions are expected to continue in the Cariboo as smoke drifts from the northwest in the coming days. However, there are currently no active fires burning near Williams Lake.

$1.1M in street reconstuction projects awarded by Williams Lake City Council

Posted in Williams Lake News

City of Williams Lake Streetworks planned for 2014.Williams Lake City Council has awarded the Pavement Rehabilitation 2014 tender to Peter Bros. Construction Ltd. for a total amount of $427,390.55, excluding GST.

The total budget amount for this project is approximately $630,000, well above the tender amount.

$95,000 will be reallocated as extra contingency for the Borland Street Reconstruction project, and the remainder used for additional paving.

Smoke in the Cariboo today

Posted in Williams Lake News

We are fielding many inquiries about the visible smoke hanging in the valley, as well as the strong smell of smoke in some area. We are waiting to hear back from the Fire Information Officer at the Cariboo Fire Centre, who is out of her office on training today. We will post the official word the moment we receive it.

Smoke was first noticed at about 9:40pm, as seen in the sunset photo taken from Douglas Drive and Highway 97 North in Williams Lake last night. Water tankers were also noted returning to the Williams Lake airport quite late in the evening.

Wildfire smoke filtering in to Williams Lake (Cariboo) area today, July 9, 2014.


100 Mile House RCMP conduct considerable amount of traffic enforcement

Posted in 100 Mile House News

100 Mile House weekly activity report to July 8, 2014.

100 Mile House RCMP responded to 87 complaints and calls for service this past week.

On July 5th, shortly after 11:00pm, 100 Mile House RCMP and emergency crews responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 97 near the Lac la Hache transfer station. The driver of a 2007 Dodge pick-up truck left the road, hit an embankment and rolled several times. The male driver was helped from the vehicle by passers-by. He was assessed at scene and transported to 100 Mile Hospital by ambulance. Speed was a factor in this collision. The investigation into this matter is continuing.