There are 152 wildfires burning in the province as of Thursday with 12 new ones starting on Wednesday. 688 wildfires have burned since April 1st, burning around 405,000 hectares.
To date, $111.9 million has been spent on the wildfire fight so far, almost doubling the firefighting budget of $63 million. Those costs are directly in regards to fire response.
BC’s Wildfire Service says that there are still 27 wildfires of note, including the Elephant Hill, Hanceville and White Lake fires.
The Canadian Armed forces say that 225 military personnel, with 10 light armored vehicles are on their way to Williams Lake from Edmonton by road. They will assist the RCMP in a non-enforcement capacity, and help with land evacuations. It’s expected they will be here for the summer, as they work under the guidance of the RCMP and won’t be armed. This is to help free up RCMP Members for core policing duties.
3600 staff, are currently helping with the fight of the fires, which includes firefighters, support staff and about 800 personnel are from out-of-province.
The number of evacuees province-wide is between 43,000 and 44,000, with 38,145 registering with the Canadian Red Cross.