Evacuation orders downgraded, but fires remain: PHOTOS
Friday, July 20, 2018, 5:02 PM - Evacuations, road closures and local states of emergency. Wildfires continue to threaten several parts of British Columbia with NO signs of rain relief on the horizon. Crews are scrambling to get a handle on more than 100 active wildfires that are currently burning in the province.
For many, the scary reality of the situation has set in as the fate of their properties is at the hands of these potentially destructive and terrifying blazes. Hundreds of residents were forced to evacuate their homes as fires came closer and closer, but many are now able to return home safely.
EVACUATION ORDERS DOWNGRADED TO 'ALERTS'
Several evacuation orders instead became 'alerts' on Saturday as hard work from firefighters and favourable wind conditions helped to minimize the severity of the fires. Evacuation orders remain active in Good Creek and parts of Law Creek, while alerts remain active in the areas of Brent Road, parts of Law Creek, Hardy Falls, Antlers Beach, Log Chute Rd, Highway 97 S, south of Princeton Ave, Finlay Creek Cabins, RDOS, and Mt. Eneas.
According to the B.C. Wildfire Service's Twitter account, there are nine fires of note burning in Kamloops, Prince George, and Southeast fire centres.
For a B.C. resident, the fate of his wedding was at stake prior to the alert downgrade.
"Was gonna marry girl of my dreams in dream vineyard @FitzWine Saturday. Its been evacuated. Wedding is <2 days away I just want to marry the love of my life," tweeted Tyler Balaban with a plea for suggestions for other venue options in the area.
Luckily, within about 24-hours of sending that tweet, Balaban confirmed he and his fiancé had secured a new venue with the help of friends and "complete strangers", and that the wedding was a go.
"Everyone! We have an amazing new venue locked down," he tweeted Friday morning. "Wedding is a go! Get to marry my girl!!! We are hoping the winds stay in our favor and stay blowing south otherwise may be back to the drawing board."
Maid of honour Natalie Rozet told CBC News that the couple had secured another vineyard as the venue.
Take a look at these jaw-dropping and frightening fire photos below and be sure to continue to monitor ongoing updates in your area.