They originally meant to direct the evacuees to the city of Prince George, to the north, but the flames had gained that highway, he said.
"It's quite surreal actually".
"There's not much I can do to help with accommodations but I can definitely house some people for a couple of hours for some entertainment - take their minds off things", Kayla Charest told The Canadian Press.
"The roads are blocked, the traffic is very, very thick", said Mayor Walt Cobb.
Weaver, whose background is in climate science, said people need to begin taking climate change more seriously and recognize humanity's role in the increase in both the number and intensity of these types of natural disasters. So far they're being really good, they're being patient. "We can not continue to do so and I'm just hoping that people will wake up".
Officials asked individuals in the city to leave immediately and head to Kamloops, almost 300 kilometres southeast of Williams Lake. The Thompson Nicola Regional District will be giving updates on its website, along with the Central Okanagan Regional District and the Cariboo Regional District.
Residents have been registering at the Emergency Support Services reception centre.
McCain recovering after surgery; Senate health care vote may be delayed
Paul, who has criticized the bill for not being conservative enough, has also said he will vote against the bill. I think it would be extremely close.
No matter where evacuees go, everyone is encouraged to register with the Red Cross as soon as possible by calling 1-800-863-6582.
As the wind picks up in Williams Lake, the fire of most concern remains the Hanceville/Chilcotin complex fire - a group of smaller fires burning at an estimated 40,000 hectares in size.
"On July 19, we are also going to be welcoming 50 personnel from Australia." said Skrepnek.
"They knew it was potentially coming". We have set up safety zones that we can evacuate to and defend from. We're still trying to save some homes that are in jeopardy right now. "If residents are unable to get to a muster point, please call the RCMP ... immediately", the evacuation order read.
We're sure they'll be grateful for a little Aussie assistance.
That danger had already caused other evacuation orders in the areas surrounding Williams Lake earlier on on Saturday, including Loon Lake and Big Creek, and evacuation alerts in Tatla Lake and the Village of Clinton.
Those affected by the order are also asked to head south to the emergency centre in Kamloops via Highway 97.