Hun­dreds of B.C. wild­fires prompt re­quest for help from out-of-prov­ince crews

The Western Star - - CANADA -

KAM­LOOPS, B.C. - For the first time since British Columbia’s wild­fire sea­son be­gan in April, the Wild­fire Ser­vice says it is call­ing for help from out­side the prov­ince. Spokes­woman Kyla Fraser says 452 wild­fires are burn­ing across B.C.

Dozens of light­ning strikes were recorded Thurs­day night, but Fraser says po­ten­tial new fire starts from those hits have not been iden­ti­fied and light­ning storms are ta­per­ing off.

The call for help from out­side B.C. was posted on so­cial me­dia.

Fraser says the weather has crews brac­ing for new wild­fires ex­pected this week­end, but de­spite the high level of ac­tive fires, none are threat­en­ing any com­mu­ni­ties.

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