By The Canadian Press, July 15, 2017
WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — The number of evacuees in British Columbia is expected to climb, as lightning and strong winds in the forecast could worsen the region’s raging wildfires.
Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb says crews are ensuring routes are clear and buses are ready if the city’s 11,000 residents are suddenly forced to leave, adding to the more than 16,000 people who have already been ordered to evacuate their homes across the province’s Interior.
The forecasted wind and lighting could fuel the dozens of fires burning, three of which surround Williams Lake.