Officials say scattered showers won't help BC wildfires, wind may fuel flame

Officials say scattered showers won't help BC wildfires, wind may fuel flame

Officials say scattered showers won't help BC wildfires, wind may fuel flame

According to the BC Wildfire Service, there are 2,991 firefighters and other personnel now fighting the fires including 363 from out-of-province, 1,020 contractors and there are 192 helicopters and planes supporting ground crews.

Since the start of the year, more than 128,000 hectares have burned and $77 million has been spent on fire suppression, according to Skrepnek.

Cobb said he believes everyone left in Williams Lake would follow evacuations orders, adding that anyone who stays behind risks the lives of firefighters who may be called in to save people from burning homes. On Saturday morning, an evacuation order was issued for the Clisbako area, southwest of Prince George.

Skrepnek said he's not aware of any homes or structures in the community having been destroyed, but assessments will be made once it's safe enough for officials to enter the area.

Robert Turner of Emergency Management B.C. said about 9,430 of the estimated 16,250 evacuees had registered with the Canadian Red Cross.

Richmond said he told a meeting of evacuees on Thursday night that efforts were underway to restore some normality in fire-weary communities.

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In addition to those, several fires are burning on the east side of Arrow Lake.

Village officials warned that residents should prepare for an evacuation order, noting that the fire was headed their way and "poses an imminent threat to people and property".

One of the biggest issues for officials is the wind as some areas could see gusts of more than 50 kilometres an hour on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, significant rain continues to elude the southern half of the province for the foreseeable future", Environment Canada said.

The Gustafsen North wildfire near 100 Mile House is 5,000 hectares and 20 percent contained.

The Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations announced the entire Cariboo fire centre, 103,000 square kilometres in size, has been closed to backcountry users as a safety precaution, allowing crews to focus on firefighting.

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