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