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Sutherland Road fire under control; evacuation order for Williams Lake still in place

A ban on the public venturing near the Sutherland Road forest fire was lifted this week.
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A ban on the public venturing near the Sutherland Road forest fire was lifted this week.

The ban was put in place July 12 in response to the number of people going into the area to look at the fire north of Fraser Lake and posing a safety problem in the process.

With the order lifted, the Sutherland Forest Service Road, Barlow Forest Service Road and Barlow-Rat Forest Service Road are reopened to the public.

However, the B.C. Wildfire Service is urging caution. Although the fire is now under control and not expected to spread any further, it remains active, the agency said.

As of Friday morning the blaze stood at 1,590 hectares and was completely contained, according to the BCWS website.

Meanwhile, the evacuation order for Williams Lake and area remains in effect.

"The most important consideration for re-entry is public safety," Cariboo Regional District said in a news release issued Tuesday evening. "The wildfires near the community are not contained and due to unstable weather conditions the evacuation order remains in effect.

"Overall planning for eventual re-entry is well underway. The establishment of essential services such as the hospital, ambulance service, grocery stores and fuel stations has begun.

"A Resiliency Centre is being planned to provide returning public with services such as Red Cross, Insurance agencies, utilities, counselling, and other services.

City of Williams Lake residents can find information via the City of Williams Lake Facebook page at facebook.com/CityWilliamsLake and Twitter @CityWL.