Local firefighters being deployed in Williams Lake area

Ebony Scott
July 15, 2017

"The Red Cross by the end of today expects to have cash out to 1,800 families that have registered".

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.

West Kelowna also sent one incident commander.

Another fire near Lake Cachuma forced the evacuation of thousands of campers, including some who left behind their trailers in the rush.

The BC Wildfire Service is now reporting the 150 Mile House fire south of Williams Lake is 50 per cent contained.

He's never worked on a fire that required so many people on the ground and said he's looking forward to the experience. There are about 200 fires burning province-wide, he said.

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Almost all evacuation orders have been called off for three major fires across California as dozens of wildfires throughout the West were coming under control.

Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service said the Saturday forecast called for sustained winds between 20 and 40 kilometres an hour across the Cariboo region and the southern Interior, with gusts reaching 70 km-h in some areas affected by the fires.

"I know if my province was burning or the public safety was in danger, I'd want other crews to come out if they could", Riley said.

But the chief of the Bonaparte Indian Band north of Ashcroft said they defied an evacuation order over the weekend and successfully stopped flames from overrunning their reserve. More than 223 wildfires started over just two days.

He said 60 of the band's 280 members stayed to fight the fire.

Bob Turner from Emergency Management B.C. told media that firefighters are working out with fullest resources to control the situation.

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