Yellowknife wildfire damage irreparable: Resident

Red Deer Creek Fire in north east BC was discovered on July 6, 2014. Ten days laterthe fire is...

Red Deer Creek Fire in north east BC was discovered on July 6, 2014. Ten days laterthe fire is still out of control. On Wednesday a state of local emergency and an evacuation order was issued by the MD of Greenview, southwest of Grande Prairie, Alberta in response to wildfires. The evacuation order applies to areas south of the Wapiti River, west of Nose Creek and the Two Lakes Road and north of Township 61. Photo Supplied by/BC Forest Fire Info

Kate Schwass-Bueckert, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:07 PM ET

The plan had been to take a big summer road trip, but Candace McQuatt had no idea how much of an adventure the trip would be.

The Yellowknife woman and her dogs left the city Tuesday evening, but hit a roadblock on Hwy. 3 due to smoke from forest fires in the area.

Officials told her if she waited until morning, she'd be able to get an escort through. So she and the dogs slept in the truck.

Driving in an escorted convoy early the next morning, McQuatt said she could not believe the devastation.

"It's just gone. Everything. There's just sticks of wood sticking up where there were trees. There's no vegetation. It's really eerie looking," McQuatt recalled.

Now, McQuatt is making her way to Kelowna, B.C., for a family reunion and said she'll have to keep her eyes on wildfire reports in that province.

In British Columbia, evacuation orders and alerts have been issued for areas south of Kamloops, Hudson Hope, and Entiako Provincial Park.


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