Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gusty Winds Threaten Largest Wildfires in B.C. as Crews Work to Prevent Spread

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gusty Winds Threaten Largest Wildfires in B.C. as Crews Work to Prevent Spread

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B.C. wildfire crews brace for gusty winds

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The weather forecast calls for a cold front, bringing gusty winds to British Columbia that could inflame wildfires that had been stabilized this week.

Kevin Skrepnek with the BC Wildfire Service says two of the largest fires in the Thompson Nicola and Cariboo regions have seen little growth since Wednesday.

But he says the change in weather, which does not promise significant rain where it's needed most, will likely make the fires more aggressive.

A risk of thunderstorms into the weekend will also bring lightning, which Skrepnek says can set off more fires particularly in the southern and central parts of the province that remain extremely dry.

Robert Turner with Emergency Management BC says officials are working to decide whether a provincial state of emergency declaration, which expires Friday, should be extended. …

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