With 167 fires burning across B.C. Friday afternoon, fire crews are looking to prepare for winds across the central and southern Interior this weekend.
Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said crews have had success in conducting controlled burns in the past few days near Williams Lake, 150 Mile House and 100 Mile House in anticipation, but he said the wind is still a serious concern. "We are also grateful when others assist us, like they did past year with the Burns Bog fire".
The provincial government has also been asked to allow some movement on closed sections of Highway 97 so that people who left their homes in Williams Lake and went to Prince George could drive south to Vancouver.
Many businesses in Williams Lake have already shut down due to a lack of customers.
An evacuation order was issued Saturday morning for the remote Clisbako area in the Cariboo region.
"The public can expect to see more smoky skies as the wind prevails from the west", said Shaughnessy. The Loon Lake evacuation order affects 350 homes.
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The province is reminding evacuees to register with the Canadian Red Cross and, if they need lodging or food, to register at emergency social services reception centres as well.
Richmond said he told a meeting of evacuees on Thursday night that efforts were underway to restore some normality in fire-weary communities.
In the Cariboo region, about 10,000 people have been evacuated and another 11,000 are on evacuation alerts.
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.
"Unfortunately, significant rain continues to elude the southern half of the province for the foreseeable future", Environment Canada said.
"When it is this hot and dry, with the winds in the forecast, too, it just makes everything more volatile", he said, encouraging people to stay out of the backcountry. IfdsZt is coming from the larger fires in the Kamloops and Cariboo regions.