Monica Lamb-Yorski

Updates for Spokin Lake, Wildwood and east side of White Lake wildfires

While no new fire activity of note occurred in the Spokin Lake wildfire overnight, Cariboo Fire Centre information officer Melinda Paplawski said Saturday more people are working the 3,731 hectare-fire today.

Central Mountain Air resumes flights in Williams Lake Sunday, Pacific Coastal Monday

Central Mountain Air will be resuming flight services to the Williams Lake Aiport on Sunday, July 30.

Airport hopes to re-open early next week for regular travel

While the Williams Lake Airport has been closed to regular travel since Friday July 7 airport manager Shea de La Mare hopes it can re-open early next week.

Burnouts planned for Hanceville-Riske Creek and White Lake wildfires Friday

BC Wildfire Service crews will be performing burn out operations Friday in the Towydkin Lake area and south of IR#4 along the 4500 Road in the Hanceville-Riske Creek wildfire and on the south east flank of the White Lake wildfire.

Highway 20 to remain closed until wildfires settle down, transportation ministry said Thursday

While the evacuation order was lifted in Williams Lake Thursday for the city and some surrounding areas, Highway 20 remains closed to west-bound traffic.

Newborn baby girl thriving says Esket evacuee mom

Carmen Dennis of Esket First Nation left her community because she was due to have a baby. Eleven days later she gave birth in Kamloops.

At the mercy of the weather says Cariboo Fire Centre

The weather's impact on local wildfires did not go as feared but with Thursday's prediction of hotter temperatures and winds gusts it will be all about "waiting and seeing," said fire information officer Melinda Paplawski.

Evacuating not a choice for some Deep Creek residents

When Deep Creek First Nation was given an evacuation order Andrea Gilbert said she and her husband Kelton William decided they could not leave.

Big Lake Fire and Rescue hosts command centre during wildfires

Through the wildfire situation Big Lake Volunteer Fire and Rescue's hall at Big Lake Ranch has become a command centre.

Hanceville-Riske Creek wildfire could be burning in spots until winter

Cariboo Fire Centre information officer Noelle Kekula said "were in for the long-haul" with the 131,958 ha.- Hanceville-Riske Creek fire.

CFC update on Spokin Lake, Wildwood and White Lake wildfires

Monday's burnoff of the Spokin Lake Road fire stayed under control, Cariboo Fire Centre information officer Melinda Paplawski said Tuesday.

DQ keeping things cool during wildfires

Four days after Williams Lake was evacuated the owners of Dairy Queen decided they needed to return so they got a permit and opened their doors on Thursday, July 20.

Light winds a plus for Cariboo wildfires

Cariboo Fire Centre information officer Melinda Pawplawski said light winds forecasted for the next few days will work in favour of the wildfire fight.

Fire Dept. eating homecooked meals at the hall during wildfires

When Williams Lake was put on evacuation alert Mandie Blusson started cooking and baking for the Williams Lake Fire Dept.

BC Wildfire Service rescinds restrictions around nearby lakes, including Williams Lake

In light of the evacuation order being lifted for parts of the South Cariboo, the BC Wildfire Service has rescinded restrictions to local lakes.

Pioneer Log Homes of B.C. buys fire trucks for 150 Mile VFD

150 Mile House Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Stan McCarthy gives the Tribune an update Sunday, July 23.

Red Cross donations reach $7.3 million for BC wildfires

So far Canadian Red Cross has received $7.3 million to assist people impacted by the B.C. wildfires, B.C. and Yukon communications advisor Andrew Hopkins told the Tribune Saturday.

Skeleton city crew in Williams Lake keeping things going

It has been a busy time, said Williams Lake's manager of development services on the two-week anniversary of wildfires erupting around Williams Lake.

Williams Lake caterer feeds fire departments during wildfires

When Kim Judd said she'd return to town to cook for the Williams Lake Fire Dept., fire inspector Joan Flaspohler said "thank God."

Smokiest day yet, say Williams Lake mayor and councillor

Mayor Walt Cobb says the smoke is worse in Williams Lake today (Wednesday) than it was on Tuesday.