Evacuees return home as wildfires across West calm down


"This topography is incredibly steep and that makes it really risky for our firefighters out there", Mr Lee Beyer, a public information officer for the US Forest Service, told Santa Barbara TV station KeyT TV.

"The Red Cross by the end of today expects to have cash out to 1,800 families that have registered".

Delta will be sending two DPD officers, one firefighter and one municipal staff member to assist in the planning section of the Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at Williams Lake.

"We could be seeing some pretty extreme and aggressive conditions". There are about 200 fires burning province-wide.

Modest gains in fighting the fires mean an evacuation order was lifted for the community of Little Fort, north of Kamloops, although an alert remains in effect as three large fires burn nearby, he said.

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The dozens of wildfires burning across B.C. prompted a provincial state of emergency to be declared last week, the first since 2003.

The BC Wildfire Service is now reporting the 150 Mile House fire south of Williams Lake is 50 per cent contained. "The safety of residents is our top priority when we decide to activate orders and alerts or keep them in place", said CRD chair Al Richmond. Numerous same residents had also been forced to flee the possibility of spring flooding.

The Whittier Fire in Santa Barbara County forced the evacuation of thousands of campers near Lake Cachuma, including some who left behind their trailers in the rush.

Evacuation alerts and orders have been issued for Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Princeton, 105 Mile House and 108 Mile House.

Bob Turner from Emergency Management B.C. told media that firefighters are working out with fullest resources to control the situation.