A city-wide evacuation alert has been issued for the entire city of Williams Lake due to forecasted weather conditions. Angie Mindus photo.

VIDEO: Evacuation alert issued for Williams Lake

Williams Lake CAO “fairly confident” that there will be no evacuation order Monday night

An evacuation alert has been issued for the entire city of Williams Lake due to potential weather events forecasted for Wednesday.

“This predicted weather has the potential to push fires from the west of Williams Lake towards the city at a rapid pace,” the city said in a statement released Monday evening. “At this time the alert is precautionary but it is important to give residents ample warning to allow everyone to make all necessary preparations.”

t.co

Williams Lake CAO Milo McDonald said he did not expect the evacuation alert to turn into an evacuation order. At least 20,000 people are currently under evacuation orders or alerts in the Cariboo Regional District.

“I’m fairly confident we won’t see that for the City of Williams Lake tonight,” said McDonald. “The temperatures are low, the wind is low, the humidity is slightly higher as a result of some precipitation. [But] anything is possible.”

However, officials are concerned that the forecast could change in the coming days.

“The impending weather forecasts suggest that we’re going to get an increase in winds and the weather is not going to be in our favour starting on Wednesday,” said Cariboo Regional District chair Al Richmond.”

The city offered the following to prepare for evacuation:

• Pack your identification, clothing and medications for at least three days

• Alert family and loved ones of the situation, give them the location of the reception centre so they can locate you in the event of an evacuation

• Make arrangements for your pets

• More info on planning go to www.williamslake.ca and click on Emergency Planning for information and links.

An EVACUATION ALERT is a notification of POTENTIAL danger that might arise.

An evacuation alert does not mean you have to evacuate; rather, you should be prepared to evacuate with very short notice. The reason evacuation alerts are issued is to notify residents of the potential for loss of life from unstable fire conditions.

RELATED: ‘We have to try and save our homes’: Tl’etinqox First Nation

www.scribd.com

This alert may be followed by an order to evacuate and when an evacuation order is issued you must leave your home immediately.

Please monitor your local radio station for situation updates.

An emergency reception centre has been established at Lake City Secondary (Carson Campus) and any persons self-evacuating should report to this centre.

RELATED: How to help those devastated by B.C. wildfires

Any person who wishes to evacuate now but are physically unable to do so should call 250-392-2364 and assistance will be arranged.

Should the status change, the public will be notified immediately through all means possible and everyone is encouraged to monitor local radio stations, legitimate social media sites, as well as the City of Williams Lake Facebook page, Twitter and website.

For information of an urgent nature please call 250-392-2364 or 250-392-2365.

RELATED: 100 Mile is under evacuation

So far about 14,000 people have been evacuated in the province including roughly 2,000 people who were evacuated from 100 Mile House Sunday evening.

twitter.com

WATCH: Williams Lake is under an evacuation alert

www.facebook.com

Just Posted

Columbia Basin Trust offering business accelerator program

Trust seeking motivated companies for customized support and mentorship program

Trail military exercises provide crucial training

Exercise Sapper Crucible: ‘The nuts and bolts of what a soldier is’

VIDEO: SPCA ushers in new era with Castlegar facility

$2.69-million project had ribbon cutting on Friday

Thrums, Riondel, and Slocan, revisited

Place Names: Scottish author delighted by Thrums name origin

Last stand for Silver City summer

Fall officially arrives in Trail at 6:54 p.m. on Saturday

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

B.C. nanny charged with sex abuse of 3 children

Saanich Police seek potential victims of Johnathon Lee Robichaud from Central Saanich

‘I’m no quitter’ on climate change issues, McKenna says at G7 ministers meeting

David Suzuki says if McKenna believes what she’s saying, she too should quit

VIDEO: Inside an eerily empty mall in Canada

Only nine of 517 retail spaces are open for business as the grand opening postponed to next year

B.C. wildfires burned large areas affected by mountain pine beetles: Experts

The mountain pine beetle epidemic affected more than 180,000 square kilometres in B.C.

Tens of thousands without power following tornado in Ottawa region

Hydro Ottawa says more than 170,000 customers were without power early this morning

Most Read