Most Evacuees In The Wall Fire Area Able To Return Home

Henrietta Strickland
July 15, 2017

Crews have increased containment of a major Northern California wildfire that sent thousands fleeing homes over the weekend. The fire has burned almost 12,000 acres.

16 new fires were sparked yesterday and according to the province.

BC Wildfire Service chief information officer Kevin Skrepnek said forecasters have revised their prediction for an incoming weather system. "We actually didn't lose anything other than the guys who had livestock, they lost a bunch of range land".

Further to the south, the Gustafsen fire, just west of 100 Mile House is 15 per cent contained at this hour.

The Cariboo Regional District EOC is now dealing with 11 fires in the Williams Lake area.

The last provincial declaration of state of emergency was issued in August 2003 to deal with wildfires. Dixon said that half of those people were registered today. That will be done by electronic transfer for those that have given bank account information.

"Two individuals were arrested - both are prolific offenders in Williams Lake".

Over 200 wildfires are burning across the Interior of the province and 14,000 people have been forced from their homes through evacuation orders.

Premier-designate John Horgan flew over affected areas this afternoon, and says there are challenging times ahead as he witnessed some of the damage.

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, extended the support from the government to tackle the ongoing situation of wildfire in B.C.

"A province doesn't respond until they're asked and we've been asked, so we're responding", said Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Bruce Nunn. "If that forecast comes to fruition, it's going to be a big challenge for us".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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