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Local firefighters being deployed in Williams Lake area

15 July 2017, 07:43 | Melissa Porter

Local firefighters being deployed in Williams Lake area

A wildfire burns behind a house on the Ashcroft First Nation

"They will be working in very hard conditions so we offer them our best wishes for a safe return".

Since the fire season began in April, more than 616 blazes have consumed 1,140 square kilometres of land, forcing officials to order evacuations affecting 16,680 people.

More than 10,000 people have been evacuated and 10,000 more are on alert.

After being placed on standby earlier this week, View Royal Fire Rescue has been called to the B.C. Interior.

A 78-person contingent that left Sudbury on Tuesday, just over half of the 146 Ontario-wide ministry contribution sent this week.

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

A Delta staff member and a Delta firefighter have been deployed to Williams Lake where they are assisting the Caribou Regional District Emergency Operations Centre, while six Delta police officers have been deployed to various locations around Williams Lake and 100 Mile House. Numerous same people had been forced to flee this spring from the possibility of major flooding from a damaged dam spillway.

"I know if my province was burning or the public safety was in danger, I'd want other crews to come out if they could", Riley said. There are 34,380 people under evacuation order or alert in the region.

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Evacuees who are staying in communities from Kamloops to Vancouver can't return home yet, Day said, as hot spots and a fire near Cache Creek remain a cause for concern.

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