2017 now worst wildfire season in BC

Claudine Rigal
Août 19, 2017

The state of emergency, which applies to the whole province, ensures that federal, provincial and local resources are co-ordinated to respond to the wildfire situation and maintain public safety. A release from the BC government now indicates that the state of emergency has been extended yet again and is set to be lifted on September 1.

There are 140 fires still burning across the province, and while many residents have been able to return to their homes, 4,400 are still under evacuation orders and another 20,000 remain on evacuation alert, meaning they may have to leave at any time.

The last time that a state of emergency was declared in B.C.in response to wildfires was 2003.

"A cold front bringing strong and variable winds, with gusts up to 60 km/h, is expected to move through the Cariboo Fire Centre on Friday, Aug. 18 and into the weekend".

Alexis Creek RCMP are also investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed a mobile home 40 km west of the community.

But he says the change in weather, which does not promise significant rain where it's needed most, will likely make the fires more aggressive.

"A shift from prevailing southwesterly winds to westerly and northwesterly winds is also expected", it continues.

Kevin Skrepnek with the BC Wildfire Service says two of the largest fires in the Thompson Nicola and Cariboo regions have seen little growth since Wednesday.

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