Cache Creek residents are currently seeking refuge in Kamloops, as they wait to hear updates on the destruction caused throughout their community.
Mayor John Ranta issued a local state of emergency Friday evening, after the nearby wildfire grew from 50 hectares to 700 hectares within hours. Meanwhile, Ashcroft residents are under an evacuation alert – many without electricty.
Cache Creek resident Steve Jansen was close enough to the wildfire, red fire retardant is plastered along the bottom of his truck.
“We were one of the last ones out of there,” Jansen said.
But like Cache Creek and Ashcroft have shown in previous tragedies – including the floods this past spring and in 2015 – community members are banding together, Jansen said.
“We banded together for the flood, and everything else,” he said. “We lost a lot of things there…”