Firefighters hope for rain as they battle northeastern wildfires

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Crews fighting a number of wildfires in the province are crossing their fingers for some rain to break the string of hot, dry weather.

Jill Kelsh with the Prince George Fire Centre says fire fighters are up against eight blazes of note, most of which grew in size yesterday.

“Our Mount McAllister fire has reached about 20,000 hectares, and we’ve actually had the Peace River Regional District issue an evacuation alert for the communities directly in the area of the fire.”

Kelsh says crews were pulled off the Red Deer Creek fire that’s now 30,000, no longer contained and burning into Alberta.

Another blaze west of Williston is at nearly 30,000 hectares and growing.

The Coastal Fire Centre is set to place a ban on campfires on Thursday at noon, while a ban in Kamloops is already in effect.

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