British Columbia’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth will greet Mexican firefighters on Saturday and provide an update on the forest fire situation in the province. CBC News will broadcast the update live at 1:10 p.m. PT.
There are currently 3,320 firefighters in British Columbia, including 94 from outside the province.
Nearly 5,000 properties remain under evacuation order and more than 16,000 are on evacuation alert over the weekend as hundreds of fires burn across the province, some fueled by consistently hot temperatures and strong winds.
The BC Wildfire Service said there were 258 fires in the province as of Saturday morning, most of them in the Kamloops Fire District in the interior of British Columbia.
That’s down from the 275 fires reported on Friday and about 300 earlier in the week.
“No relief in sight”
On Thursday, the fire department said conditions were extremely dry in the southern half of the province and there was “no relief in sight.”
The Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor some significant forest fires in the area, including the Nk’Mip Creek, Thomas Creek and Brenda Creek wildfires near Oliver and Osoyoos.
On Saturday morning, the district expanded an evacuation order for two properties due to the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire.
The district also said the Osoyoos Indian Band canceled an evacuation order and instead issued an evacuation alert for six properties.
Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for nearly a quarter of southeastern British Columbia due to smoke from wildfires.