Northern firefighters head to BC


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.

"We are expecting there to be some lightning with this system but it is likely to have some rain with it", he said, adding the overall pattern is for hot, dry conditions to continue.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the creation of a new ad hoc cabinet committee to co-ordinate the federal government's response to the fires, including recovery and rebuilding efforts.

BC Wildfire Service chief information officer Kevin Skrepnek said forecasters have revised their prediction for an incoming weather system.

On Friday, the disaster occurred when lightening storm made the fire spread rapidly in the Interior of B.C. An emergency was called immediately after the wildfire.

About 200 people were under evacuation orders because of the fire, which started on Thursday in Santa Barbara County, the county sheriff's office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said.

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In the past week, more than 16,000 people have been forced to flee their homes due to a spate of wildfires in British Columbia - and many more remain on evacuation alert.

Fire crews have been able to oversee significant controlled burning over the past few days around Williams Lake thanks to a brief reprieve in the weather, Skrepnek said.

"I know if my province was burning or the public safety was in danger, I'd want other crews to come out if they could", Riley said.

Evacuation alerts and orders have already been issued for Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Princeton.

Bob Turner from Emergency Management B.C. told media that firefighters are working out with fullest resources to control the situation.