Houses near Gustafsen, Neilson lakes evacuated due to Flat Lake fire

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued a new evacuation order Saturday afternoon as the Flat Lake fire continued to burn out of control.

The order, which was issued just before noon. 16.30, applies to all properties near Gustafsen Lake and Neilson Lake along with other properties in the area described on this map.

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The Cariboo Regional District had already issued an evacuation order and evacuation alarms in relation to the fire, and the District of 100 Mile House has also issued an evacuation alarm.

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On Friday, 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall said residents were better prepared than ever for this fire season.

“I’ve been working on roadblocks and I’ve had discussions with people and I hear a lot of different things, but the biggest thing is that people are getting their suitcases ready,” he said.

“They are being prepared. They are better prepared than they were last time. ”

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BC Wildfire Service said Saturday that the fire had grown to 14,000 acres and saw increased fire activity throughout Friday.

Crews carried antennas from the air Friday to shrink the edge of the fire and have water-bombed the fire and built machine guards.

Structural protection devices have also been used to try to protect homes.

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Residents refuse to leave the evacuation zone

Residents refuse to leave the evacuation zone

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