550 people affected by Canim Lake evacuation

Order was expanded north to include Eagle Creek and Hawkins Lake early this morning

9:55 a.m. update: Approximately 550 people were affected by the Canim Lake evacuation orders, according to Cariboo Regional District Information Officer Julie Rogers, 73 of whom registered at the Emergency Social Services in 100 Mile House.

7:25 a.m. update: Early this morning the Canim Lake evacuation order was expanded north to include Eagle Creek and Hawkins Lake.

Evacuees were asked to leave immediately and register at the ESS Centre at the Curling Club in 100 Mile House or the Sandman Centre in Kamloops.

Residents were also advised to:

– Close all windows and doors

– Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers

– Close gates (latch) but do not lock

– Gather your family: take a neighbour or someone who needs help

– Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and Keys) only if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.

– Do not use more vehicles than you have to.

– Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service.

Original story: New fires in the South Cariboo have resulted in an evacuation order for the Canim Lake South area from Bates Road to Mahood Lake Road.

According to the release, the evacuation route is “Canim Lake South, left on Canim-Hendrix Road to 100 Mile House or Kamloops.”

Cariboo Regional District Information Officer Julie Rogers says there may not be room in 100 Mile.

According to the BC Wildfire Service map, the suspected cause for some of the fires is lightning.

Due to immediate danger to life safety due to fire, members of the RCMP or other groups will be expediting this action.