The BC Wildfire Centre says Saturday’s gusty wind pushed flames from the White Lake fire across the Fraser River closer to Williams Lake.
Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says the flames are currently 7-10 kilometres north of the city with more wind in the forecast. Skrepnek says the wildfire is the priority of the Cariboo Fire Centre right now. Crews and heavy machinery are working on a fire break along the east side of the Fraser River.
While the fires were not directly threatening Williams Lake, the flames were getting close to highways. Skrepnek says that was the reason the city was ordered to evacuate Saturday night.
Skrepnek says there have been a few drops of rain at the Williams Lake; while the forecast is calling for slightly higher humidity and lower temperatures, the wind will still be an issue. He says speeds of 35-40 kilometres per hour could whip up smoke, hampering visibility for air operations.
The BC Wildfire Service says increasing and unpredictable fire behaviour is expected to remain the norm for the coming weeks.