Cariboo House Fire is Out of Control, now Over 1500 HECTARES

Cariboo House Fire is Out of Control, now Over 1500 HECTARES

This incredibly fast-moving wildfire erupted from 50 to 700 hectares in just a few hours, and according to Chief Information officer Justine Hunse with the BC Wildfire Service, five buildings have already been destroyed. Instead, the personnel will provide logistical support.

One of the biggest fires is burning near Ashcroft with the blaze estimated to be 4,200 hectares in size.

BC Wildfire Service/Handout via REUTERSBritish Columbia wildfires seen near 100 Mile House in British Columbia, Canada in this handout photo obtained by Reuters July 7, 2017.

A lightning storm and high winds Friday afternoon touched off 138 wildfires, including several in the Prince George region.

Crews are battling a wildfire that sparked on northern Vancouver Island Wednesday night and has now grown to 20 hectares in size.

In the meantime, more than 1,000 firefighters are now battling the wildfires that have prompted the evacuation of 7,000 British Columbians in the Interior.

"The weather is such a critical factor here and we are certainly not seeing any real reprieve of that situation", Mr. Skrepnek said. Annually, the province sets aside $63 million for wildfire response but often pulls from a contingency fund to supplement its response.

The new evacuations affect more than 600 people, mainly residing in the regions of Ashcroft, Cache Creek, 100 Mile House, Alexis Creek, and of HiHium Lake. "But those numbers are very fluid".

The Gustafsen Forest Fire, west of 100 Mile House, continues to grow. Named by one of the best weather apps for your iPhone. "I want to thank Minister Rustad and BC Fire Services for the update on the situation in BC", said Mr. Zimmer.

The fire is labelled as out of control meaning it is not responding or only responding on a limited basis to suppression such as that the perimeter spread is not being contained.

"This week, the weather is forecasted to be hot, dry and windy at times".

"We know equipment has been damaged and our access to areas is restricted because of the fire situation", said Mosure.

"We've really seen the fire danger rating spike over the last week or so", she said.

"Due to the quick implementation of the fire ban on Friday, individuals who are camping this weekend may have missed the campfire ban notice", the Southeast Fire Centre said in a media release Saturday.

"The smoke was a bit of a double-edged sword", he said.

"There is very aggressive fire behavior that makes it very hard to directly attack".

All the while, the rest of the province is looking to help in any way they can.



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