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BC wildfire crews prepare for windy weekend

BC wildfire crews prepare for windy weekend

There are now 183 fires burning across the province of B.C., including 12 that have been sparked in the past 24 hours.

"The wind speed is going to be variable, depending on the area we're talking about, generally 20-40 kilometres and hour but certainly in some areas - Fraser Canyon areas like that that are particularly prone to wind, we could be seeing gusts of 70 kilometres an hour in those areas".

The City of Fort St. John Fire Department will be sending equipment and five firefighters to Williams Lake to assist with the central interior wildfires.

He says 1,110-square kilometres of timber, bush and grassland has been charred since April 1, more than double the figure the service had estimated earlier this week. "The Red Cross has registered approx 4,100 families to date".

"16,680 of which to 10,115 have registered at reception centres, and in the north, 5,195 now with group lodging".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the creation of a new ad hoc cabinet committee to co-ordinate the federal government's response to the fires, including recovery and rebuilding efforts.

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He says any emergency that exists was created by state officials who want to push the alcohol industry out of the market. Kevin Benson stopped short of threatening another lawsuit, but said he's convinced the emergency rules would be invalid.

The team includes Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Defence Miniter Harjit Sajjan.

The Chilcotin region, near Williams Lake, stands as the largest fire - made up of several smaller fires - at 40,000 hectares in size.

Wildfire conditions in B.C. are expected to worsen over the weekend as officials predict winds to pick up, fanning dozens of flare-ups that have forced more than 16,000 people from their homes.

The province declared a state of emergency last week and more than 16,000 people have been affected by evacuation orders, with thousands more on alert. "But we'll survive. As long as everyone is OK that's the main thing", he said. It has also warned that violating orders can divert firefighters from fires to help with avoidable rescues.

Unit crews began lighting controlled fires west of Williams Lake on Thursday, where almost 11,000 people have been on standby since Monday to evacuate at a moment's notice.


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