Premier Christy Clark's Statement on British Columbia wildfires

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"That is certainly what touched off the vast majority of new fires that we are getting".

Several hundred people, including those who work in B.C.'s forestry industry, are also slated to join the firefighting efforts.

"It was so fast".

There is no end in sight as provincial officials expect more gusty winds and hot, dry conditions to fan the flames of the more than 220 fires that have destroyed an area covering at least 230 square kilometres.

Provincial officials estimate that 7,000 people have been forced from their homes by fires that show no sign of abating.

"We knew we were heading into a fairly volatile situation", B.C. fire information chief Kevin Skrepnek told Canadian media.

"I would anticipate there would be expansions over the next few days".

The state of emergency gives agencies such as Emergency Management BC, the Fire Commissioner, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the RCMP authority under the Emergency Program Act to take necessary action to fight wildfires and protect residents and their communities.

He says numerous fires were started by lightning, but some are human-caused.

In a statement, Premier-designate John Horgan said he was increasingly concerned about the situations in Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Williams Lake and other communities. After returning from Hamburg, Germany, where he attended the G20 summit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed in a message on Twitter his solidarity with those affected by the fires, said he was aware of the situation and promised that the federal government is ready to offer you the necessary assistance.

"We went right in and knocked it back", Worsley said Sunday by phone during a break.

BC Hydro said the blazes in the central and southern Interior have caused significant damage to electrical infrastructure and have left thousands without power.

"We recognize that moving significant amount of people in a community on short notice and under duress is quite hard", said Skrepnek.

BC Hydro relations co-ordinator Dave Mosure, some of the evacuees could be on their way to Prince George now that Highway 97 northbound from 100 Mile House through Williams Lake to Prince George has been reopened.

"This will the summer of the fire", he said.

She added, wiping away tears.

More than 40 new fires sparked overnight Friday, bringing the number of blazes to 182 by Saturday morning.

The province is in a state of emergency and on their website's interactive wildfire map, the province is smothered by fire symbols.



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