Steve Koch has a trick for figuring out if his house, just north of Williams Lake B.C., is still standing, since he left two weeks ago due to wildfire risk. He borrows a phone from a friend at the emergency centre in Kamloops where he has been staying for the past week and dials his land line. "After four rings, the answering machine answers and that way I know that I have a) power and b) it's still there," he described on Sunday. "So I know it's there. I know it's safe. I know it's fine."
John and Rena Gordey were walking around downtown Williams Lake, B.C., a week ago when an evacuation order was issued for their town and the surrounding area. An RCMP cruiser came by and took them to a bus quickly on its way out of town. The couple arrived at the evacuation centre in Kamloops with just the clothes they were wearing at the time. "We don't even have a cell phone," said John Gordey.
A drive north of Cache Creek along Highway 97, shows just how close wildfire came to destroying dozens of properties that line the roadway up to Clinton B.C. For the past two weeks, multiple fires have burned in this area, some right down to the highway and across it. Late Thursday, officials opened this portion of Highway 97 back up, much to the delight and trepidation of residents like Sandra Rowlands who live along the road.
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Selecting a term
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