The province saw a wet spring, and then several weeks of dry, breezy weather, said Madryga.
"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", the statement reads.
As well, she says, to the best of her knowledge the fire has not jumped from the west side to the east side of the highway, aside from a small spot fire yesterday, however she will update the Free Press if any updates do occur. Her husband put irrigation pipes around their house, hoping that having a protective perimeter of water would help. "We haven't lost a structure yet".
Ground and air crews are preparing for another intense day battling dozens of out-of-control wildfires that are raging across B.C.'s central interior.
However, on Sunday afternoon the wind changed and so did the seriousness of the situation. That was a key, critical challenge we had.
The state of emergency was declared on Friday by the authorities of the province after the bursting of 173 fires. The fire was caused by lightning and had burned up to the edge of private land.
Conditions are dry enough that a cigarette butt, an untended campfire or a spark from an off-road vehicle could spell disaster. As of 2 p.m. Saturday, the fire danger rating in Northeast B.C. ranges from low to moderate due to the storms that moved through the region Friday evening.
"A disaster is a disaster is a disaster and everybody is entitled to be treated equitably and fairly, but it's just too early to comment on those details at the moment", he said.
"We watch the weather, we watch the wind and we pray for rain". I can't promise we're going to be sending anything to a lot of the fires that are within the P.G. fire centre because there are so many.
Air-tankers, the BC Wildfire Service, and the Local Emergency Services worked continuously to ensure the communities were safe and evacuations were carried out promptly. The combined size of the fires was nine square kilometres, although the fire service says poor visibility makes it hard to determine the perimeter of the fires.
"We've got a complex fires which means it's kind of a group of fires burning fairly close to each other near Williams Lake".
Ultimately, just as natural forces ignited the majority of the fires, it will take a force of nature to extinguish them. "We want to make sure that everyone understands this is not a partisan affair".
Grizzly Lake: Another fire southwest of Prince George.