The nearly 2,000 residents of 100 Mile House are breathing sighs of relief as they’ve been allowed to return home following the cancellation of an evacuation order.
The evacuation was ordered two weeks ago because of worries about the large Gustafsen fire burning to the west of the village. The conditions in the area have calmed enough to allow the safe return of residents to 100 Mile House.
Still, other parts of the Cariboo remain on edge as the weather forecast for Sunday afternoon were calling for gusts of wind up to 50 km/h, but B.C. Wildfire Service officials said the winds would likely die down by Monday. Wind gusts were also expected in the southeastern part of the province, along with possible dry lightning.
Williams Lake is still under evacuation order and “it’s hard to say right now” when residents would be allowed to return, fire information officer Navi Saini said.
“We are making progress,” but the dry conditions and the expected winds were still keeping the situation “fluid,” she said.
Most 100 Mille residents had evacuated south to Kamloops.
“We were very stressed and got on each other’s nerves,” Kathy Brown joked about the two weeks she and husband Brian spent away from their home, which is in a quiet retirement complex in 100 Mile House.
They stayed with Kathy’s niece in Kamloops. Her house backs on to Westsyde Park and the Browns quickly discovered that the park fills with daycamp kids every day.
“We’d got out for a drive and watch the planes coming and going (at the airport),” Brian said. “That was quite interesting.”
But the frequent smoky stretches in Kamloops would often force them back home.
The Browns couldn’t offer enough tributes about the graciousness of their hosts, but it was still a hard situation.
Kathy said the stress of the situation meant her …read more
Source:: Vancouver Sun