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B.C. firefighters get much-needed reinforcements
With more than 350 wildfires raging across B.C., the province's firefighters are receiving much-needed reinforcements from Alberta and Ontario.
A total of 230 firefighters and fire specialists are scheduled to arrive on Sunday, including initial attack crews, sustained action crews, specialized incident command teams, fire behaviour analysts, incident commanders and division supervisors.
The province is also receiving 14 additional aircraft from Alberta and the Yukon, including birddog planes and air tankers.
Roughly 1,100 wildfires have been reported in B.C. since April 1, of which 487 were human-caused. Another 58-were lightning-caused.
Weeks of hot, dry weather have led to extreme fire danger in much of the province, and a campfire ban that applies to most regions.
Kim Steinbart, a provincial fire information officer, told CTV News Channel on Saturday that conditions are expected to be hot and dry for another week, boosting the threat of strong winds and lightning that could make the situation worse.
"The temperature and the low humidity is certainly a challenge, and that's been the situation for a little while" she said. "Things are extremely dry."
The latest information on wildfires, burning restrictions and evacuation alerts, visit the Fire Safe B.C. website.