An estimated 36,600 people have been evacuated from their homes in B.C. as of Sunday afternoon, said Minister of Transportation Todd Stone, as wildfires continued to ravage the Interior.
“The uncertainty that these folks feel … all British Columbians are with you — and, in fact, all Canadians are with you as we go through this very difficult time,” Stone said.
“The resilience of British Columbia is very much showcased by the calm and collected courage of those evacuating and those responding to the fires.”
The number of evacuees was boosted by exhausted Williams Lake residents who arrived Sunday in Kamloops after an evacuation order forced them to navigate traffic-choked highways for hours.
There are now 11 emergency reception centres across B.C. including in Surrey, Chilliwack and Merritt.
About 24,000 people in Williams Lake and its surrounding areas were affected by Saturday evening’s evacuation order, but officials say about 60 per cent of residents left on their own accord before the order …