Wildfire crews arrive in B.C. from Mexico as hot, dry conditions persist

British Columbia

Nearly 5,000 properties remain under evacuation order and more than 16,000 are under evacuation alert over the weekend as hundreds of fires burn across the province, some fuelled by consistently warm temperatures and strong winds.

A wildfire near Kimmel Creek, close to Valemount, B.C. There are more than 250 wildfires burning across the province as of Saturday. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

The British Columbia government is welcoming 100 firefighters from Mexico on Saturday to help combat hundreds of wildfires raging across the province.

Nearly 5,000 properties remain under evacuation order and more than 16,000 are under evacuation alert over the weekend as hundreds of fires burn across the province, some fuelled by consistently warm temperatures and strong winds.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says there are 258 blazes across the province as of Saturday morning, most of them in the Kamloops fire district in the B.C. Interior.

There are currently 3,320 firefighters in B.C., including 94 from out of province.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth will be welcoming the Mexican firefighters at 12:30 p.m. PT on Saturday.

'No relief in sight'

On Thursday, the wildfire service said conditions are extremely dry in the southern half of the province and there is "no relief in sight."

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Emergency Operations Centre continues to monitor some wildfires of note in the area, including the Nk'Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires near Oliver and Osoyoos.

Environment Canada has issued a special air-quality statement for nearly a quarter of B.C., in the southeast, because of smoke from the wildfires.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maryse Zeidler is a reporter for CBC News in Vancouver, covering news from across British Columbia. You can reach her at maryse.zeidler@cbc.ca.

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