August 11, 2018 2:17 pm
Updated: August 12, 2018 3:33 am

BC wildfire: Cariboo Regional District issues evacuation order for 900 properties

WATCH: A large part of Quesnel is now under an evacuation alert and thousands of people are being told to be ready to leave at a moment's notice. Nadia Stewart reports.


Two new evacuation orders have been issued by the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) due to wildfires in the region.

The CRD issued an expanded evacuation order for 901 properties in the northwestern boundary of the region to west of Nazko.

The region said the following properties on the Kluskus Forest Service Road (FSR) will be evacuated by helicopter:

– District Lot 1833

– Block A, District Lot 91

– Block B, District Lot 91

– District Lot 92

Residents in other properties are being asked to leave via two evacuation routes:

  • Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail to Batnuni Road, to Blackwater Road through Quesnel and north to Prince George via Highway 97
  • Nazko Road to Blackwater Road through Quesnel, north to Prince George via Highway 97

Evacuated residents are being told to register at Exhibition Park in Prince George.

On Saturday, the region issued an evacuation alert for 2,000 properties.

Three wildfires of note are burning near Quesnel, all of which are zero per cent contained.

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The Narcosli Creek fire is 3,100 hectares in size and is burning 31 kilometres southwest of Quesnel. The fire led the CRD and City of Quesnel to issue an evacuation alert for West Quesnel on Friday.

More information can be found on the Cariboo Regional District website.

The 2,000-hectare Blackwater River Fire is located west of Quesnel.

Crews have been pulled away from a 7,000-hectare fire burning west of Shag Creek due to safety concerns.

WATCH: Wildfires burn in northwestern B.C.

An evacuation order has been issued for 62 properties in the Tatelkuz Lake area due to the Chutanli Lake wildfire, which has grown to more than 7,000 hectares in size.

Sixty-six properties in the Lang Lake and Murphy Lake areas near 100 Mile House are also now under an evacuation order thanks to the 200-hectare Lang Lake fire.

READ MORE: ‘We’re in serious trouble’: concern growing over massive wildfires burning near Burns Lake

In B.C.’s northwest, residents say the situation in the area has gone from bad to worse.

Crews are doing everything they can to battle dozens of fires throughout the fire centre. coverage of B.C. wildfires

Two of them are the largest fires burning in the province, including the 11,000-hectare Island Lake fire. Several evacuation orders and alerts have been issued.

Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad says firefighting resources in the area are scarce.

“You know, there’s 460 fires burning around the province… but it just seems to be the fires out west are not getting the kind of priority that we’d like to see, given the severity of these fires and that they’re putting homes and communities at risk.”

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