Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wind Fans B.C. Fires, but Growth of Two Largest Blazes Is Limited

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wind Fans B.C. Fires, but Growth of Two Largest Blazes Is Limited

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Biggest fires remain same size despite wind

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WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. - Two of British Columbia's biggest wildfires haven't grown much over the past few days despite being fanned by strong winds.

Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service says the winds arrived in the province on Friday as forecast but weren't as strong as feared.

He says there was some rain, cooler temperatures and higher humidity.

Skrepnek says the Hanceville-Riske Creek fire northwest of William's Lake was no bigger Saturday than it was Friday.

The Elephant Hill fire also remained the same size and is now believed to be 25 per cent contained.

Both blazes remain out of control.

Skrepnek says that despite the rain, it wasn't much, and 14 new fires were sparked since Friday including seven which are believed to have been caused by lightning. …

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