Two-hundred out of province fire fighters are on their way to B-C to help in fire relief efforts.
With 161 fires burning across the province right now, bringing BC’s fires to 623 so far for the season, reinforcements have been called in to help with extreme cases.
One of these being the Botanie Creek fire near Lytton, which has remained at fifteen hundred hectares and unconfirmed reports the fire may have consumed a shop.
“The fire was moving quite quickly and it was challenging fire suppression efforts. As of yesterday it was zero percent contained.”
Fire Information Officer, Navi Saini says with the cooling of temperatures after a hot few weeks the fire danger rating has dropped in most parts of the province from extreme to moderate
Meanwhile some better news for crews fighting a blaze near the Coquihalla Summit.
Kayla Pepper with the Kamloops Fire Centre says the Maka-Murray blaze is now 30 percent contained, although it remains at about 450 hectares.
“It was finally showing some calmer fire activity yesterday, although there was still some candling. Structure protection units were also installed around some cabins in the area.”
Pepper says 30-35 properties remain under an evacuation order.
The Smith Creek Fire remained at 250 hectares and 20 percent contained.
“Fortunately the fire did stay within the perimeter of the retardant that was dropped by air tankers yesterday.”
Pepper says despite increased humidity and cooler temperatures, strong winds are in the forecast, which could cause more problems – and increased fire activity through the afternoon.