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More than 250 wildfires continue to burn in British Columbia

Firefighters from Mexico walk across the tarmac after arriving on a charter flight in Abbotsford, B.C, on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Ninety-nine firefighters will assist B.C. as the province deals with hundreds of wildfires burning in the province.
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July 25, 2021 - 11:31 AM

VANCOUVER - The BC Wildfire Service says there are 257 wildfires currently burning in the province.

That's one fewer than Saturday's update, but down from about 300 earlier in the week.

There are now 58 evacuation orders in place, affecting about 4,400 properties.

Another nearly 17,500 properties are on evacuation alert, meaning residents have been told to be ready to leave on short notice.  Across the province, 394,266 hectares burned.

One hundred firefighters from Mexico arrived Saturday to help fight the blazes, and British Columbia's public safety minister thanked them for their support.

Despite the drop in the number of active wildfires, Mike Farnworth says there is challenging weather in the forecast for the foreseeable future.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 25.

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