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Officials say be patient, be prepared

Officials say be patient, be prepared

183 fires continue to burn throughout the province as part of one of the most volatile wildfire seasons in over 10 years.

Only 16 new fires sparked yesterday and 14 fires posing threats to any communities.

So far this year there have been 617 fires since the first of April, and that compares to the total
496 fires throughout last year’s season. Fire crews are preparing themselves for the possibility of these events continuing for the rest of the summer.

Fire crews are starting to get a handle on the fires in the Cariboo region and the weather should bring cooler temperatures this weekend and possibly thunderstorms. Officials are hoping that rain accompanies these thunderstorms and are cautious of the strong winds that will be coming through.

A total of 392 firefighters and support personnel have arrived in the province and are on the ground as part of rotation.

At this point, officials are asking everyone to remain patient and understanding that it will take time for evacuation orders to be rescinded and people allowed to return to their home communities.

They are also requesting that everyone in the province be prepared for a natural disaster, even if the wildfires are not in your area.

Bob Turner, Assistance Deputy Minister from Emergency Management BC says that he used the information from Be Prepared page on the government website to help his own household ready in case of an emergency.


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