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WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – The evacuation order for Williams Lake has been downgraded to evacuation alert. The Cariboo Regional District says residents are able to come home but should also consider a few points.

“Before deciding to return, residents are encouraged to consider that wildfire activity continues in the area, air quality remains poor and the area is still on evacuation alert.”

The areas that have been changed from an evacuation order to an evacuation alert include:

  • The City of Williams Lake;
  • Sugarcane
  • 150 Mile House
  • Fox Mountain
  • Esler
  • Pine Valley
  • Springhouse

Due to ongoing wildfire operations, evacuation orders will remain in place for the following areas:

  • areas north and south of Mountain House Road, including Wildwood
  • the Spokin Lake area
  • areas along Soda Creek Road and Frizzi Road
  • Soda Creek First Nation
  • areas in the Chilcotin

“It is also important to note that air quality remains poor as a result of smoke from nearby fire activity. Those with respiratory issues, small children and the elderly should consider this before they choose to return to the area.

Further, services such as grocery and health care may be limited for some time. Anyone choosing to return to the area should ensure that they return with basic necessities including food and prescriptions for up to seven days as well as a full tank of gas.”

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