BC wildfires: Wind will increase fire activity throughout the Interior

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Cady said he has not decided whether he will leave, saying he did not want to panic and make a quick decision.

Fire Information Officer Mike McCulley isn't able to confirm whether the fire has crossed Loon Lake, but says that the way the winds are moving, combined with dry fuel and increased fire behaviour are helping to push the fire north.

- From the Fraser River east to Beaver Lake Road; north to the Quesnel River; east along the Quesnel River to approximately Hydraulic; southeast to Antoine Lake; south to MacIntosh Lake; east to the existing order at 150 Mile.

Almost all evacuation orders have been called off for three major fires across California as dozens of wildfires throughout the West were coming under control.

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.

Fifteen of those fires pose an immediate threat to communities, the largest of those is burning near Ashcroft and now covers 423 square kilometres.

Roughly 12,000 people live in the city, while another 12,000 live in the surrounding areas.

"We have, we think, lost some structures", Windsor told Vernon radio station 107.5, adding it was only 10 per cent contained last night. "We thought we were never going to get out of there". An alert was issued for an area southwest of Prince George as well.

In one instance, water from a kiddie pool was used to extinguish a fire on a lawn.

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"I think basically, Mother Nature is sort of bringing forward our worst case scenario", Richmond said.

"The number of firefighters is due in part that they are timed out". I was seeing if they would change their mind but I don't think so.

Mack stressed it was the community directing and doing the firefighting, although they were co-ordinating their efforts with the B.C. Wildfire Service.

On Saturday morning, along the highway near Xatsull, the area was already blanketed in smoke.

This wind could cause significant growth of current wildfires and new fires may burn and spread aggressively.

Several roads in the area have been closed.

The province has reminded evacuees to register with the Canadian Red Cross and, if they need lodging or food, to register at emergency social services reception centres as well.

Meanwhile, a wildfire near the boundary between B.C. and Alberta has prompted Parks Canada to close trails and evacuate hikers and campers in Kootenay and Banff national parks. But he has no love for authorities who've repeatedly hassled his family and other friends refusing to leave.