British Columbia remains under a province-wide state of emergency as more than 200 wildfires rage throughout the province. Smoke from the fires have hampered firefighting efforts and led to closure of several highways that cross the interior, including the Trans-Canada Highway.
Across the B.C. interior, more than 14,000 people have been made to evacuate and even more, like some 10,000 residents of Williams Lake, are on standby to evacuate at any moment, causing emergency shelters to fill up. There will be little relief in the comings days as a combination of dry ground conditions, high winds and lightning strikes will continue to hit the region. According to CBC, forecast has led the province’s chief wildfire information officer to warn that “any shift in the weather is going to have consequences.”