Wildfire evacuees continue to arrive

Cariboo residents impacted by wildfire continue to make their way to the North Okanagan.

Vernon Emergency Social Services has registered 912 wildfire evacuees from the Williams Lake area since July 15, including eight new registrations Tuesday.

“The reception centre has also processed 510 service extensions. Evacuees must check in weekly with ESS to extend services,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, the city’s communications officer.

Evacuees can access donations from Vernon residents and businesses at the gym of the Salvation Army House of Hope (3303 32 Ave.). Goods include toiletries, clothing, local produce and groceries, and other items. Bring proof of registration from the ESS reception centre, which is located in the Dogwood Gym in the Vernon Recreation Complex.

Donations for evacuees continue to be accepted by the Salvation Army.

All donations (including clothing, food and monetary) should be dropped off from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Salvation Army cannot accept any food items not prepared in a commercial kitchen that has Food Safe designation.

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