Cariboo-Chilcotin TRAVEL ADVISORY

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  1. CaribooBC

    CaribooBC life is an adventure

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    As most of you know, BC is in the midst of an unprecedented fire season. Pretty much all of the Cariboo and Chilcotin regions are closed due to forest fires. Please reconsider if you are planning on travelling in these areas. We hope to see a better season next year.
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  2. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    I had planned on doing the BC portion of the TCAT this summer.
    I'm putting it on hold till next year.
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  3. BCBackRoads

    BCBackRoads Travels with Gumby

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    Yup. Already re-routing. We were planning on going back to the Cariboo-Chilcotin starting July 28th but those plans are out the window for this year. It looks like we'll reroute and do a trip south.

    How are you doing? Are you evacuated from 100 Mile?
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  4. CaribooBC

    CaribooBC life is an adventure

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    I am a bit south east of 100 Mile House, in Lone Butte. We are on alert, not an order yet. We were forecast for rain last night and today, so far none has fallen. The 100 Mile Fire is doing good, its being mopped up and 100 Mile is planning for re-entry. We have some concerns for the fire down south of us. It started at Ashcroft and is now north est of Clinton.
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  5. GrizzLee

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    I'm feeling a bit glum. I rode the Caribo country over July 4th for 9 days. The last 2 days we began to see smoke as we headed home to Washington State through Kelwona (staying overnight with Wayne aka BCBackroads). The Cariboo-Chilcotin is some of the finest country I've ever experienced. I'm sad to see it burn.

    My thoughts and prayers to those effected. Not to mention all the wildlife impacted. That is certainly a horrible situation up there. Stay safe. Praying for rain soon.
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    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    Three of us are hitting the road Friday for 11 days. The original plan was a return to the Cariboo-Chilcotin with an initial side trip to the Carpenter Lake area. Due to all the fires and smoke, we've had to make an adjustment. We'll be heading East and South from Kelowna without any firm plans. We'll be keeping an eye on the news and heading for smokeless skies if we can find it. I'm taking maps, tracks and routes for Idaho, Montana and Oregon. We'll see where we end up.

    We can't feel too sorry for ourselves considering the life disruptions that are going on for thousands of people right now. On the news tonight is a new big fire by Monte Lake on Hwy 97. It started right by the highway (Want to bet it was a smoker?) and is up to 100 hectares already with the winds. Another bunch of evacuees heading for Kamloops. It will likely get worse before it gets better I'm sorry to say.
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  8. CaribooBC

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    We had Hwy #97 open from Cache Creek to Prince George for just over 24 hours, our alert had been rescinded this am and we thought all was going well. Tonight the Elephant Hill fire broke through some guards and is again threatening Clinton. Clinton and surrounding areas have now been put on Evac Order. As the crow flies, this beast is really not that far from my home. I am expecting to go back on alert at anytime. Our fire season normally starts about now, we have already have had more fires than I have ever seen in any given year. GrizzLee, I am sorry, but your next travels through our area are going to be much different. It appears that we are again going to more grasslands and less forested areas.
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  9. Steve G.

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    Geez, not good news. I was talking to a guy who has a cabin on Green Lake, he's headed up today to grab his snow mobile, quad, and personal items.
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    He will not be able to get there. South Green Lake and 70 Mile House just went on Evac Order.
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  11. CaribooBC

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    And the latest update, ALL of the Green Lake and Watch Lake areas are on EVAC ORDER now, properties south of Hwy #24 from 93 Mile House to Lac Des Roche are back on EVAC ALERT.
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    oldtrout Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the updates. Hope everyone in the area gets through this one in good shape.

    We are on Lac des Roches. I retired last June (2016), got up to the lake and it pissed rain the entire summer !:bluduh Every year is different.

    Currently rebuilding the old cabin, so we have not been up much this year. Dog willing our project will be completed by next spring. Hope to meet up with you at some point under better circumstances.

    Keep safe amigo.
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  13. CaribooBC

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    Yep, let me know when you are up. Hopefully things will be calmer up here soon. I might even share a couple of fishing secrets with you.
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    :fpalm

    Pants on fire ? :D
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    I find that not only amusing, but too close too the truth. Social media gone awry. Sad... :fpalm
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    Thanks for keeping us up to date and best of luck with everything.

    I've been keeping tabs on everything going on up there and gave some money to the Red Cross relief efforts. I can't imagine how awful it must be for those who lost everything.

    @Steve G. Why don't you just make a Trudeau thread in CSM so you can get your rocks off without restrictions? This ain't really the place for your copy - paste philosophical insights.
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  20. CaribooBC

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    The wind has been very favourable for us in the Lone Butte, Green Lake, Watch Lake areas. For more than a week now, the wind has been mainly from the north. The firefighters have been doing back burns to protect the northern flank of this fire. It has not been favourable for those to the south. The fire took a run at Hwy#1 a couple of days ago and apparently burned within a few hundred yards of the highway. We are hoping for rain, but we know that when this high pressure ridge collapses, it will change the wind direction to burn the fire towards us again. This fire (Elephant Hill) is now over 110,000 hectares.
    While this is somewhat good news, for those in the Chilcotin, the situation gets more dire each day. The fires out there are huge and are now affecting pretty much all of the land west of the Fraser, to the Coast Mountains, from Empire Valley in the south, all the way north of Quesnel. In total the fires are approaching 350,000 hectares burnt. Kleena Kleene is back on evac order and i fear it not long before the evac order stretches from Sheep Creek Bridge on the Fraser all the way to the bottom of "The Hill".
    As to Mr Trudeau showing his face here in the Cariboo, I really wish he would have just stayed away, he was just a distraction. He should be trying to arrange as much national and foreign mutual aid as possible. The assistance we are receiving from outside the province seems to be too little, too late. My wife is a volunteer ESS worker (working directly with evacuees), she worked 28 days straight, most days 12-16 hours per day, some 20 hour days as well. They were continuously asking for relief, all that arrived was ONE person and he was here for two weeks, he has now gone home and if there were to be more evacs in our area, there is no one capable of helping. My wife and her team of volunteers are physically and emotionally done. The paid professionals (Firefighters, RCMP, Military etc.) are cycled out after a set amount of time, but the true volunteers, helping the evacuees, have no one to spell them off when exhaustion (mental and physical) sets in.
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