Only emergency workers occupy the evacuated Williams Lake right now. It’s nice to know that despite their hard work and long hours, crews can still grab a double-double on break.

The city’s Tim Hortons is still open.

“They were providing what’s was needed for the RCMP, for the firefighters, for people like that,” says Dale Taylor, an announcer at our sister station in Williams Lake.

While out fixing a radio transmitter in the city, Taylor passed emergency crews hard at work.

“They were at one of the check points on Highway 20, right where Mackenzie Avenue meets up with them and they were wearing their breathing apparatus the whole time, too.”

On its Air Quality Health Index, Environment Canada has consistently measured Williams Lake a “10+” – or “Very High Risk” – since the evacuation, including in all but two hours between 12 PM Monday and 11 AM today.

“Getting out and into a place that’s kind of relaxing and kind of familiar like Tim Hortons I guess is what they need.”

Tim Hortons has also donated $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross BC Fires Appeal.