BC wildfire crews prepare for windy weekend

BC wildfire crews prepare for windy weekend

BC wildfire crews prepare for windy weekend

Crews struggling to beat back wildfires in British Columbia braced Friday for the worst as officials predicted weather conditions would deteriorate heading into the weekend.

There are now 183 fires burning across the province of B.C., including 12 that have been sparked in the past 24 hours.

Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says officials are concerned that weekend winds will the flames of wildfires burning throughout the B.C. Interior.

The City of Fort St. John Fire Department will be sending equipment and five firefighters to Williams Lake to assist with the central interior wildfires.

Since the fire season began in April, more than 616 blazes have consumed 1,140 square kilometres of land, forcing officials to order evacuations affecting 16,680 people.

"16,680 of which to 10,115 have registered at reception centres, and in the north, 5,195 now with group lodging". The committee includes the ministers of justice, national defence, indigenous and northern affairs, and public safety and emergency preparedness.

Al Richmond, chair of the Cariboo Regional District, said: "Because of the issues with dryness in the forest, the weather, there's no significant precipitation projected in seven to 10 days. we have a really dry forest that we're going to have to live with all summer".

Over the past week, the Cariboo region has experienced an unprecedented amount of fire activity.

Over 14,000 people remain out of their homes because of evacuation orders while thousands more in central and southern B.C. have been warned to be ready to leave on short notice.

BC's Cariboo regional district has been the hardest hit, with 10,000 people under evacuation orders and a further 10,750 under evacuation alert, according to CBC reports. "But we'll survive. As long as everyone is OK that's the main thing", he said.

Unit crews began lighting controlled fires west of Williams Lake on Thursday, where almost 11,000 people have been on standby since Monday to evacuate at a moment's notice.

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