Alberta firefighters heading to BC to help battle devastating wildfires

Alberta firefighters heading to BC to help battle devastating wildfires

Alberta firefighters heading to BC to help battle devastating wildfires

The only detour available for southbound travelers is Highway 16 east to Tete Jaune Cache, then south on Highway 5 to Kamloops.

The fire forced Highway 1 to shut down in both directions between Ashcroft and Cache Creek, while Highway 97C running through Ashcroft was also closed, according to Drive BC.

The area evacuated is approximately 10 kilometres north of Princteon.

The spate of wildfires began on Friday, when 138 new fires were reported, majority sparked by lightning in dry electrical storms.

Though most of the fires were the result of lightning strikes, CBC News has said that some of the blazes were caused by people.

The fire risk for most of Vancouver Island is now rated as "high", with an area near the Comox Valley listed as "extreme".

Beth Anastasia posted this photo on Twitter saying the fire just stared in Ashcroft.

There were six lightning strikes within the city limits Friday.

She says the transition team for premier-designate John Horgan's incoming government has been briefed on the establishment of the fund. "We continue to ask people to do so for the safety of themselves and, of course, the fire fighters".

This wildfire animal rescue map, for example, identifies locations where people can access trailering, pasture horses temporarily and plan evacuation routes.

The wildfire near 100 Mile House in the southern Cariboo region has been spreading fast, forcing a number of people out of their homes and putting more on evacuation alert.

The BC Wildfire Service estimates the fire near Princeton is now 200 hectares in size.

Almost a dozen fires that extends over more than 15 500 hectares in the centre of the province, are especially threatening.

Anyone who sees a wildfire is urged to report it by calling 1-800-663-5555 or *5555.

BC Wildfire Service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek said the Gustafsen wildfire started on Thursday and that a 4.6-square-mile (12-square-kilometer) blaze was burning west of 100 Mile House.

But a resident who's working with emergency crews says the town is in safe hands.

Sunset during 11 hours of wildfires burning near 100 Mile House, B.C. Image courtesy of Janette Curtis.

"We're getting a tremendous amount of response from our department with guys that are willing to give up whatever and head off to help out with the situation", says Acting Chief Rob Marshall with View Royal Fire. "There are burnt poles and lines are down and we are mobilizing extra crews". "Friday was really the tipping point when we had a fairly significant weather system move through - brought wind to most parts of the province". Her husband put irrigation pipes around their house, hoping that having a protective perimeter of water would help.

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