Cariboo Regional District Chair Al Richmond

Perhaps a glimmer of hope for South Cariboo residents evacuated because from the wildfires who would like to go home.

Cariboo Regional District Chair Al Richmond says re-entry plans are in the works.

“I am hoping by the end of today, perhaps tomorrow, we may be able to give people, if things stay the way they are we should be able to give people a reasonable idea about potential re-entry. We will be doing it in conjunction with 100 Mile.”

Richmond says the actual plans are almost done, but adds there’s still a lot of work needing to be done.

“The hospital in 100 Mile House is shut down so we don’t even have ER facilities there right now operational so Interior Health has to get the hospital opened again and that means they have to clean it and do all the things.”

Richmond says some of the work being done includes going into areas like 108 Mile, 103 Mile, and Miocene to do assessments on what has been lost.

He says the building inspector will likely go into these areas to check for potential hazards, adding Hydro has done it’s infrastructure review in some of the South Cariboo areas.

Telus was in the midst of doing their inspection, and Fortis Gas is expected to do the same.

Richmond, 100 Mile Mayor Mitch Campsall, and Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett are scheduled to go to Kamloops Monday for a meeting with evacuees.

CRD Director John Massier is expected to do the same in Quesnel, where some evacuees have also landed.

– with files from George Henderson, My Cariboo Now