Greg Sabatino photo. Lines are long at Lake City Secondary Williams Lake Campus Tuesday morning where hundreds are waiting to register with Emergency Social Services.

B.C. Wildfire evacuees asked to register early

Cariboo Regional District officials say it saves time and heartache

Emergency officials in 100 Mile House are asking anyone planning on staying in an evacuation area to register with the Red Cross.

“It gives us some planning numbers,” emergency social services coordinator Dave Dixon. “If somebody is looking for a family that has registered, who may not have stayed at home but has gone to some other area, it lets us to tell loved ones looking for family that they may have moved to a place where there aren’t orders happening.”

RELATED: 100 Mile is under evacuation

Cariboo Regional District chair Al Richmond said the emergency operations centre has been kept busy with between 2500-3,000 calls each day.

“The Cariboo Regional District has 16 evacuation orders at the moment, we have six alerts,” said Richmond. There are 34,380 people under evacuation order or alert in the region.

“It’s unprecedented for our region.”

Williams Lake CAO Milo McDonald said that the area has seen an increased RCMP presence. Cities in the region, including 100 Mile House, have seen looting in recent days.

RELATED: Break and enter arrest made in 100 Mile evacuation area

The emergency operations centre at Lake City Secondary in Williams Lake has registered 9,500 since the wildfires began. Dixon said that half of those people were registered today.

VIDEO: Evacuation alert issued for Williams Lake and surrounding fringe area

Just Posted

More BC Transit stops possible in Houston and area

But prospect hinges on financing by local governments

CT scanner to aid Houston and area patients

Scanner approved for Bulkley Valley District Hospital in Smithers

Hike across Western Hemisphere passes through Houston

By the time he had reached Houston, Holly Harrison was walking on… Continue reading

Houston RCMP to crack down on distracted driving

A Houston RCMP officer just recently finished a specific training program to… Continue reading

Houston Health Centre receives donation for a CT scanner for the Bulkley Valley

Debi Smith, Author of ‘Running from Cancer’ decided she would donate $1… Continue reading

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

B.C. pooches celebrate National Puppy Day

Check out some of the submissions from around B.C. for National Puppy Day 2018

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

B.C. mother hit in truck rampage dies

Family confirms mother of four Kelly Sandoval dies almost two months after being hit.

Walking from Argentina to Alaska

Holly ‘Cargo’ Harrison is now in northern B.C. on his journey from Argentina to Alaska.

Most Read