Horgan and other provincial leaders met with officials from Lytton, B.C. in the nearby community of Lillooet on Tuesday following a wildfire that destroyed Lytton, killing at least two people. According to the BC Wildfire Service, 208 wildfires are currently burning in the province, and 39 of them have been started in the past two days.
Thirteen are considered “notable fires,” meaning they are highly visible or pose a potential threat to the public. Evacuation orders are in place for five wildfires, including the one in Lytton Creek, which is currently 77 square kilometers and is believed to be man-made, but is still under investigation.
Dozens of out-of-province firefighters arrived in British Columbia this week to assist with firefighting efforts in the hot, dry interior.
The risk of fire is high in much of British Columbia, with extreme risk in parts of the Okanagan.
Air quality advisories have been issued throughout the interior of British Columbia, as smoke from forest fires persists. Environment Canada has said the Okanagan Valley and the Thompson-Nicola area will be the most affected by the smoke over the next few days.
Anyone placed under an evacuation order must leave the area immediately.
Evacuation centers have been set up across the province to help anyone evacuated from a community threatened by a forest fire. To find the center closest to you, visit the Emergency Management BC website.
Evacuees are encouraged to register online with emergency support services whether or not they are accessing the services of an evacuation center.
Those looking for loved ones can contact the Canadian Red Cross for Family Reunification Services at 1-800-863-6582.