After hours in congested traffic, wildfire evacuees from Williams Lake have arrived in Kamloops, lining up to register at the Emergency Reception Centre at the Sandman Centre.
An evacuation order has been issued for the area surrounding, and including 150 Mile House.
Fast-moving wildfires in British Columbia are posing serious challenges for crews fighting to keep the flames from more than a dozen communities, officials said Sunday.
The alert extends the existing alert in the area from Forest Grove to the east boundary of area H, north to the south side of Canim Lake and includes the south side of Mahood Lake.
All residents have been to ordered to evacuate immediately, using Highway 97 South, according to The Weather Network at 9:00 p.m. PST on July 15, 2017.
About half the residents of Williams Lake had already left.
The alerts come as high winds were expected through the Cariboo Fire Centre. The city said buses were positioned in 12 areas of the city for people who did not have their own vehicle available.
"When it is this hot and dry, and of course with these winds in the forecast, it just makes things all the more volatile", said Skrepnek.
"A lot of homes are still threatened", said Lake Country Fire Chief Steve Windsor.
"I think basically, Mother Nature is sort of bringing forward our worst case scenario", Richmond said.More news: If you wear disposable contact lenses - you should take heed of this
Robert Turner, assistant deputy manager for the provincial agency, noted that while this is not unprecedented - B.C.'s 2003 wildfire season displaced around 50,000 people - this year's fires span a larger geographic area.
"The number of firefighters is due in part that they are timed out".
Like other First Nations that have defied evacuation recommendations, Mack said they had little choice but to protect their community and save homes.
The B.C. Wildfire Service is asking that people please avoid the backcountry this weekend as tinder dry conditions persist.
"I am so proud of my community", Mack had said Friday afternoon.
Despite that most fires did not display major growth in the Quesnel area.
Personnel and helicopters were dispatched to manage the fire and Parks Canada closed the Egypt Lake, Redearth Pass and Healy Pass areas as a precaution.
Mack's three children have been evacuated, two of them to Prince George.
It's a significant temporary boost to the city's population of about 80,000. But he has no love for authorities who've repeatedly hassled his family and other friends refusing to leave.