Wildfire burning in Lake Country

BC Wildfire Service ready for action on the Island	
		Thu Jul 13th 2017 1:30amNews

BC Wildfire Service ready for action on the Island Thu Jul 13th 2017 1:30amNews

While the current number of evacuees has not exceeded that record, officials say this year's wildfires are far more spread out across the province. "If residents are unable to get to a muster point, please call the RCMP ... immediately", the evacuation order read.

The fire danger rating for the area remains high, she added.

At least 60 per cent of residents had already left town, he estimated, largely because of the smoke from the fires.

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.

"We were seeing violent behaviour out there on many incidents".

About 188 fires are now burning in the interior of the province that has been hit with a spell of hot and dry weather, creating flawless conditions for forest fires.

"It's complex", Dupont said.

A wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance east of Cache Creek, B.C., in the early morning hours of Monday July 10, 2017.

University Hospital of Northern B.C. spokesperson Steve Raper said the city's hospital has opened additional spaces to be able to accept any additional hospitalized patients from the Williams Lake evacuation. "We want to be sure that our staff are safe out there". It's against our basic nature as firefighters.

Forests Minister John Rustad said on Sunday that 2,900 people are battling blazes across B.C., including 415 from out of province.

About 1,000 firefighters have been deployed to fight the fires.

Williams Lake is also under evacuation. Rustad said the pilot, the only person on board at the time of the crash, was in stable condition on Sunday.

Williams Lake is under an evacuation. Prince George mayor Lyn Hall says the city is ready to accommodate those people. "It was nearly dreamlike". "Most of those who have evacuated have not registered".

As a city councillor, Ryll said he's frustrated that preventative action wasn't taken earlier.

One report suggested the fire started around 5 p.m., presumably down by the water and had jumped across the road, igniting the hillside. "This is a problem that is not going to go away".

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