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Here's what it's like driving through the fire-ravaged Fraser Canyon

Cautioned before road trips

If you were thinking about taking a road trip through British Columbia, make sure you plan ahead.

With extreme heat on the horizon and a rapidly dynamic wildfire situation, officials are asking people to make sure they are aware of the risk when travelling.

As of Thursday afternoon, 3,443 properties across the province have been evacuated and 17,679 properties are on alert.

Emergency Info BC wants to make sure every resident is prepared in the event that an evacuation alert or order is issued.

If you have been evacuated from your home and community due to a wildfire you need to register with Emergency Support Services to ensure that people know where you are and that you’re safe.

After this is completed, an unlisted phone number may call you regarding important details.

BC Transportation is urging travellers to slow down, be patient an pay attention. Staff are asking people to avoid communities impacted by wildfires.

Conditions can change suddenly; travellers should be checking DriveBC for current road closures.

Here’s a list of resources you can access if you’re evacuated:

100 Mile House

  • Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School, 200- 7th St., 100 Mile House
  • Phone: 250-644-0146
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for info services only

Anglemont

  • Lakeview Community Centre, 7703 Squilax-Anglemont Rd., Anglemont

Castlegar

  • Castlegar District Recreation Centre, 2101 Sixth Ave., Castlegar
  • Phone: 1-800-268-7325

Chilliwack

  • Chilliwack Senior Secondary, 46363 Yale Rd., Chilliwack
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 604-316-4967

Coldstream

  • Regional District of North Okanagan – 9848 Aberdeen Rd., Coldstream
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 250-550-3299

Cranbrook

  • Heritage Inn, 803 Cranbrook St. North, Cranbrook

Kelowna

  • Salvation Army, 1480 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Phone: 250-215-1789

Merritt

  • 1721 Coldwater Ave., Merritt
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Midway

  • 735 Seventh Ave., Midway
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nakusp

  • Nakusp & District Sports Complex – 200 Eighth Ave. NW, Nakusp
  • Phone: 1-800-268-7325

Oliver

  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 97, 36217 Main St., Oliver
  • Phone: 250-486-1890

Penticton

  • Bus Barn, 199 Ellis St., Penticton
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prince George

  • CN Centre, 2187 Ospika Blvd. S., Prince George
  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Phone: 250-561-7600 (or 311 if you are in Prince George)

Quesnel

  • Quesnel Recreation Centre, 500 North Star Rd., Quesnel
  • Phone: 250-992-8200

Salmon Arm

  • Prestige Harbourfront Resort, 251 Harbourfront Dr. NW
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Phone: 250-833-3360

Seabird Island, Agassiz

  • Seabird Island Band – Gym, 2895 Chowat Rd., Agassiz
  • Hours: Open 24 hours
  • Phone: 604-652-8283 or 604-819-3167

Shackan Indian Band

  • Shackan Band Office – 2099 Granite Ave., Merritt

Sicamous

  • Sicamous and District Seniors Centre – 1091 Shuswap Ave., Sicamous
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sts’ailes First Nation, Agassiz

  • Sts’ailes Lhawathet Lalem, 16300 Morris Valley Rd., Agassiz

Williams Lake

  • Lake City Secondary School 640 Carson Dr., Williams Lake
  • Phone: 250-267-4861
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.


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