Prince George is continuing to welcome residents from the Cariboo who have been evacuated as a result of the wildfires burning in the region. Since the establishment of the emergency reception centre at the College of New Caledonia on Saturday, evacuees have been sent in Prince George and are being advised to register at the CNC campus.
About 80 spent the evening on cots that have been set up in the CNC gymnasium.
More evacuees have been be arriving in Prince George on Sunday and the city is well-positioned to receive them. Additional beds and blankets are scheduled to arrive from Edmonton on Sunday morning and some will be set up in the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre at UNBC. The reception centre for all evacuees, however, will continue to be at CNC. Food services are also in place at the college.
There have been many generous offers from volunteers and others but donations are currently not needed at the emergency reception centre. Residents can contribute by being especially welcoming to visitors from the Cariboo and personally offering support. The Red Cross has also established a BC Fires Appeal at https://donate.redcross.ca/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1951&ea.campaign.id=74010&_ga=2.60491949.1865053570.1499563058-1699986795.1499563058.
Prince George Fire Rescue is continuing to provide fire protection services in the city. Two or three small fires that were ignited from the lightning storm on Friday have been extinguished. Nevertheless, firefighters are reminding residents to be cautious given the hot, dry conditions we’ve been experiencing lately and that are forecasted to continue.
West of the city in the Beaverly area, what was a four-hectare fire grew overnight to 10 hectares in size and crews from the Beaverly and Pineview volunteer fire depertments and BC Wildfire Service continue to fight the blaze.
An evacuation warning was issued Saturday and that continues to be in place. Residents of a property on Lamar Road were evacuated. The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George revealed that no other evacuations are planned.