Friday, 28 July, 2017

Centre of British Columbia closed off to recreation because of fire danger

There remain 22 wildfires of note across B.C. with 14 of those classified as interface fires There remain 22 wildfires of note across B.C. with 14 of those classified as interface fires. — image credit
Kenny Thornton | 15 July, 2017, 15:19

The BC Wildfire Service says it's taken steps to help ground crews fight some of the fires, by burning a safe perimeter around a 2,600-hectare blaze near 150 Mile House. We ask residents and evacuees to remain patient and understanding of evacuation alerts and orders as the wildfire situation in the region is still dynamic.

"As for the wind, we're especially concerned in what that's going to entail", Skrepnek said.

He says 1,110-square kilometres of timber, bush and grassland has been charred since April 1, more than double the figure the service had estimated earlier this week.

With 167 fires burning across B.C. Friday afternoon, fire crews are looking to prepare for winds across the central and southern Interior this weekend.

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.

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

The province declared a state of emergency last week and more than 16,000 people have been affected by evacuation orders, with thousands more on alert.

"They have significant experience with interface fires so I'm proud to be able to send those people up and to add that assistance to the community", said Whiting who started his fire fighting career in Williams Lake.

Also in Williams Lake is a pumper truck and four fire fighters from the Peachland Fire Department.

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