Winds predicted to fuel flames in B.C. wildfire, officials say

The area of Boston Flats, B.C. is pictured Tuesday, July 11, 2017 after a wildfire ripped through the area earlier in the week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

By The Canadian Press, July 14, 2017 

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Despite a slight reprieve in weather conditions in recent days, crews battling wildfires in British Columbia are now preparing for the worst as officials predict winds to pick up over the weekend.

The Cariboo Fire Centre says although winds remained calm yesterday, there’s a chance they will pick up Saturday, fuelling dozens of fires across the Interior region of the province.

Environment Canada forecasts a chance of rain for Williams Lake where 11,000 people are on standby to evacuate, but officials say any showers that develop will not be enough to douse active fires.

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