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Federal officials to give an update on B.C. wildfire ahead of concerning weather

A wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance east of Cache Creek behind a trailer park that was almost completely destroyed by wildfire, in Boston Flats, B.C., in the early morning hours of July 10, 2017. Federal officials visiting wildfire-affected communities in British Columbia are expected to give an update today on the state of the response. Members of a federal ad hoc committee leading the government's fire response, including Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, will be meeting with provincial officials in Prince George this morning.
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July 22, 2017 - 8:41 AM

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Federal officials visiting wildfire-affected communities in British Columbia are expected to give an update today on the state of the response.

Members of a federal ad hoc committee leading the government's fire response, including Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, will be meeting with provincial officials in Prince George this morning.

They're expected to deliver an update on the government's support for communities in Kamloops later in the day.

Some areas received rain earlier in the week, but officials are concerned warm weather and strong winds in the forecast this weekend could reinvigorate the fires.

Cariboo Regional District Chairman Al Richmond says officials are continuing to prepare for evacuees from Williams Lake and 100 Mile House to return home with plans to get emergency medical facilities running and to stock up grocery stores.

But he says there is still no timeline in place for when residents can finally go back, and if Mother Nature brings more fires this weekend, that could add to the uncertainty about how long evacuation orders will remain in place.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2017
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