Evacuees say “in awe” of the help they received in Barriere

To the editor;

On July 7 we were evacuated from 108 Mile Ranch. We spent that night and Saturday out at Watch Lake, B.C. The smoke was so bad there that a bunch of us fled the area and headed east on Highway 24 to Little Fort. At the junction we were unsure which direction to travel so decided to head to Barriere. Our friends were staying on a four acre property with other families. This property is owned by Wendy and Ken Harris and they welcomed us all. We pulled in, set up and got some sleep. They have treated us well. We went to ESS in Barriere and I can’t say enough about how well we were treated. ESS in Barriere never turned anyone away. If you had been evacuated and needed help you received it. My husband and I are in such awe as to the help we received from this community from; ESS, volunteers, the Mayor, the IDA Pharmacy, AG Foods, Quality Contractors for septic service, and for garbage collection. All the local businesses have been wonderful to us, and the residents understand what we have been going through – so very comforting. Thank you Barriere.

Sandi and Angus Matheson 108 Mile Ranch. B.C.