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Windy Forecast For Cariboo Wildfires

15 July 2017

Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer for the BC Wildfire Service, says improved smoke conditions over the last 24 hours have permitted a more accurate size assessment of the almost 200 wildfires burning in the province, many of them in the Cariboo fire centre.

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.

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Windy Forecast For Cariboo Wildfires

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

Lightening and strong winds are in the forecast and could fuel the dozens of fires burning across the province, three of which surround Williams Lake.

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Rob Turner, assistant deputy minister for Emergency Management B.C., said some 4,000 families had registered with Canadian Red Cross as of Friday afternoon. The committee includes the ministers of justice, national defence, indigenous and northern affairs, and public safety and emergency preparedness.

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

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In the Cariboo region, about 10,000 people have been evacuated and another 11,000 are on evacuation alerts. And if more discoveries are made, the Regional District will reach out to the affected property owner.

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.

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

Windy Forecast For Cariboo Wildfires