No end in sight for B.C. wild­fires one month af­ter state of emer­gency de­clared

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Wild­fires are con­tin­u­ing to tear through Bri­tish Columbia one month af­ter the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment de­clared a state of emer­gency. Chief fire in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Kevin Skrep­nek said the prov­ince has seen 904 fires since April 1 and most of the ma­jor blazes wreak­ing havoc are ones that prompted the state of emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion July 7.

“We have a lot of peo­ple out there do­ing ev­ery­thing they can to con­tain fires, to keep peo­ple out of harm’s ways,’’ he said. “This is a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter and un­for­tu­nately it’s go­ing to be nat­u­ral fac­tors that are go­ing to de­cide when a lot of th­ese fires start to re­ally calm down.’’

The con­tin­u­ing risk to peo­ple and prop­erty prompted the Cari­boo Re­gional Dis­trict to ex­pand an evac­u­a­tion or­der on Mon­day for ar­eas in the West Chilcotin to in­clude Satah Moun­tain and the P-Road area. This or­der ex­pands on one is­sued for the re­gion on July 28.

The dis­trict says due to “im­me­di­ate danger to life safety due to fire,’’ mem­bers of the RCMP or other groups will en­force the or­der.

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