Manitoba firefighters head to British Columbia to battle wildfires

The area of Boston Flats British Columbia after a wildfire ripped through the area earlier in the week. British Columbia officials are bracing for a lengthy wildfire season as hundreds of blazes burn across the province with no reprieve in sight

"We are expecting there to be some lightning with this system but it is likely to have some rain with it", he said, adding the overall pattern is for hot, dry conditions to continue.

Almost all evacuation orders have been called off for three major fires across California.

As of right now, there are 16 evacuation orders and six evacuation alerts within the Cariboo Regional District.

The dozens of wildfires burning across B.C. prompted a provincial state of emergency to be declared last week, the first since 2003. Dixon said that half of those people were registered today.

"We thought we were in trouble", Riley said.

Imperial Metals Corp. said the forest fires in south central British Columbia were threatening the homes of many employees who live in the Williams Lake area, and impacting operations at the Mount Polley mine site, located 56 kilometers northeast of Williams Lake.

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Skrepnek said if an evacuation order goes into effect in Williams Lake, people will be sent north on Highway 97 to Prince George, but Canadian Armed Forces aircraft and helicopters are also standing by in case airlifts are necessary.

"I know if my province was burning or the public safety was in danger, I'd want other crews to come out if they could", Riley said. More than 223 wildfires started over just two days.

Evacuation alerts and orders have already been issued for Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Princeton. "So we're more than happy to assist when they call us up".

The community doesn't have a firehall, a new water reservoir hasn't been connected to their main supply yet and they don't have a formal emergency response plan in place.

Bob Turner from Emergency Management B.C. told media that firefighters are working out with fullest resources to control the situation.

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