Homes evacuated in Lake Country

A wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance east of Cache Creek B.C. in the early morning hours of Monday

Homes evacuated in Lake Country

Stone said resources in Kamloops are "approaching the point of being a bit stretched", but no evacuee will be turned away.

This is a developing story. "We've gotten too good at fighting fires". Numerous same people had been forced to flee this spring from the possibility of major flooding from a damaged dam spillway.

The provincial wildfire crisis took a dramatic turn for the worse Saturday evening as the entire city of Williams Lake and its surrounding area were ordered evacuated.

Over 100 of the Williams Lake evacuees fled to Vernon Saturday to seek emergency lodging, but Penticton has only checked in about 15 people.

"Every day that we have a reprieve, the firefighters are out there putting back-burns in, so everyday that we have without another storm is going to make it that much better for us because they'll have some protection in place", he said in a telephone interview. It's forced many of his neighbours to abandon their homes.

An evacuation order was issued to the city of 11,000 and it was time for him to leave.

Dozens of wildfires were burning across Arizona, but the arrival of monsoon rains has significantly reduced the threat they posed and most were coming under control.

A detailed map showing the properties within the Evacuation Order area is available at www.cordemergency.ca/map.

In the Okanagan, emergency officials said a wildfire that was first reported on Saturday afternoon has destroyed eight homes and one other structure in Lake Country. We've been reassuring people that we have the services and the capacity to look after this, we've got lots of facilities and the ability to feed a lot of people is there.

Lake Country fire chief Steve Windsor said residents are understandably anxious about the possible loss of their homes.

"We're expecting very extreme and violently aggressive fire behaviour".

"Discarded cigarettes, abandoned campfires, irresponsible use of off-road vehicles" are the main causes of human-caused fires, Skrepnek said.

Every specialist who has come in to work on the fire over the past week has made a comment about how "nasty" the fire is, she said. "It's making it hard to fight the fire and to keep everyone safe so they've giving out a lot of evacuation alerts and orders so we can remove that threat and get in there and work properly on the fire without any worry of people being in the path".

Some rain was in the forecast for the area, but officials said showers would not be enough to douse active fires.

The Prince George fire centre is dealing with its own issues - the Sutherland Road fire is at 1,800 hectares, the Grizzly Lake fire is 215 hectares and Tatelkuz Lake fire is over 1,000 hectares.

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