Hi Tom! That's about the size of it all right. But for the time being I'm wheeling fast enough to stay ahead of it.
There seems to be some misconception as to what the extended state of emergency means. It does not mean all evacuees will stay evacuated for 2 more weeks. It simply means the government can allocate more immediate funds for emergency relief. More of a bookkeeping issue than anything else as all money spent must be accounted for. Each evacuated area will be evaluated and when determined to be safe to return will be allowed to return.
So far in the Cariboo the evacuation orders and alerts cover 24,000 sqkm and 35,600 people. That would be like picking up all the people in Moosejaw and putting them somewhere else. It's pricey to provide the bare necessities to these people so the sooner they can return the lower the cost. The need for caution is there though as they don't want to return people too soon and have to do the evacuation process over again.
So far I haven't heard of any loss of lives. There have been 41 confirmed structure loses.
Tonight we can expect light rain with the possibility of thunder shower. Tomorrow the forecast is for rain most of the day. This should help cool things down. McLeese FD is taking tomorrow "off" as the closest fire is 29km away. This little town is north of Williams Lake and has been on alert most of the time.
In Williams Lake they planned a backburn on Slater Mountain which is in between the fire and the city. I don't know how it went but no news is good news I suppose.
Everything seems to be going ok, they've started to bring back essential service workers and some businesses are receiving permits for their employees. Besides having the fire under control there is a lot that needs to be in place before a mass return can happen. The hospital needs to be up and running, water,sewer, gas, hydro need to be intact, grocery stores, gas station need to be stocked. In other words everything you expect to be there when you get up in the morning needs to be there.
If I had to guess at when I would be returning home my best guess would be this weekend at the earliest.
In case you are wonder about the previous post. It was made by the same guy that created my avatar.
Until tomorrow, relax, we are fine.