Over 3,200 customers are without power out of the Williams Lake area due to fire activity.

“There’s 3 active fire zones out of the Williams Lake region right now and we’ve just now been granted access into the western fire zone for an escorted tour to begin the damage assessment process,” explains Dave Mosure, Community Relations Coordinator for Northern BC Hydro. “That will tell us as much as we can see what’s down, what’s broken, what needs to be replaced and repaired. Once we come back out and compile that information we can develop an action plan. and if we’re allowed back in again we can begin┬áthe repair process. Really at this point, it’s all about firefighting as opposed to getting the power restored. We’re kind of down the chain of importance right now.”

Further updates on the outages can be found online at BC Hydro.

The City of Williams Lake issued a media release at 10:15 am July 9 stating that fire activity remains relatively unchanged and they continue to monitor fire activity with the Williams Lake Fire Department on standby.

“At this time there is no imminent danger to any property or structure within City limits, and South Lakeside from Seventh Day Adventist Academy east to the City boundary remains the only area under evacuation alert,” says the City.

“Should this status change the public will be notified immediately through all means possible…We also remind all residents to refrain from lawn sprinkling or other water use intensive activities so that water reserves will be available should it be required for firefighting activities.”