An evacuation order was issued for all of Williams Lake, a town of 10,000 people, at 6 p.m. PDT, meaning residents must leave the city, with Highway 97 the recommended evacuation route.
Along with a temperature drop of 6 to 8 C on Sunday, the cold front will bring rain with it; however, showers can only be expected north of the Cariboo region, avoiding the areas that need wet weather most.
“There is also the risk of lightning over the central and northern Interior as well as over the Kootenays and Columbias,” Environment Canada’s special weather statement reads for Cariboo. “Unfortunately, significant rain continues to elude the southern half of the province for the foreseeable future.”
Prior to the evacuation order in Williams Lake, at least 16,000 people had been displaced across B.C. due to widespread evacuation orders.
BC Wildfire Service has flagged dozens of “wildfires of note,” which are fires that currently pose a potential threat to public safety.
More than 120 wildfires larger than 0.01 hectares were burning in the province at last count. BC Wildfire Service tells Environment Canada that the forecasted weather is capable of challenging efforts to contain the several large wildfires burning across southern B.C., while also possibly causing the growth of a number of fires.