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Horgan was to meet with evacuees in Kamloops and visit emergency operations centres that are dealing with what his team called the "worsening wildfire crisis".

From Williams Lake to Princeton, a great swath of the B.C. Interior, stretching hundreds of kilometres north to south, was filled with different wildfires on Friday, after days of escalating warnings.

From April 1 through June 27, 2017, the BC Wildfire Service responded to 237 wildfires in B.C., 165 of which were caused by people.

A provincewide state of emergency was declared on Friday after 140 new fires broke out, in part due to a significant lightning system that hit central B.C. About 100 new fires broke out on Saturday. The government said it would allow it to more easily co-ordinate a response to the crisis.

As for what's in store for the future, Phillips says that there might be "a little bit of relief tomorrow", as temperatures drop to a more seasonable range.

The Whittier Fire, which started on Saturday, has burned almost 11,000 acres in Camp Whittier near California's Lake Cachuma, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Monday.

All the residents of Cache Creek and Ashcroft, villages located more than 100 kilometers from 100 Mile House, were also evacuated.

The evacuation alert order is being put in place for properties north and east of the fire in the communities of 108 and 105 Mile, west of Highway 97.

Wildfire in Quesnel Saturday evening
Wildfire in Quesnel Saturday evening

BC Wildfire Service has deployed 35 firefighters and three fire officers as well as three helicopters to battle the fire. An additional 600 personnel were backing them up, plus another 200 contractors.

"Given the current wildfire situation and the expected increase in wildfire activity, the province is taking this extraordinary measure of declaring a provincial state of emergency", British Columbia's transportation and emergency management chief, Todd Stone said in a statement.

Clark also praised the "exemplary work", of forestry and firefighting crews battling the blaze, as well as those in the general public who have provided support to those fleeing the inferno.

Today, the Province is announcing a $100-million fund that will provide impacted communities and residents the resources needed to rebuild.

Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta says fire has destroyed dozens of buildings, including at least five houses, 30 trailer park homes and two regional airport hangars in his area. "That's another reason why we're looking at broader resources", says Skrepnik.

This wildfire animal rescue map, for example, identifies locations where people can access trailering, pasture horses temporarily and plan evacuation routes.

Rob Schweizer, manager of the Kamloops Fire Centre, said it had been an unprecedented 24 hours. When tragedy struck last summer, firefighters from across the world were sent in; without their help, it is hard to imagine just how different the situation may have become.

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