The wildfire ripped through properties, leaving behind burned out buildings and vehicles, five months after downpours and concerns about an eroding spillway at the nation's tallest dam forced thousands to evacuate in Oroville, about 70 miles north of Sacramento.
The blaze burned almost 23km² and injured four firefighters.
In the U.S. West, where more than 50 uncontained large fires are burning, temperatures in many locations will top 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) this week with only scattered showers to possibly quell some flames, said meteorologist Brian Hurley of the National Weather Service. Officials couldn't immediately say how many were homes.
"The Coastal fire centre is not seeing the same level of activity as we are in the Cariboo fire centre", said Skrepnek, "but we are making sure we have the equipment".
Dave Scott was at his home Friday outside 100 Mile House when a friend of his, a volunteer firefighter in the area, sent him an ominous text: "Get out now".
A former senior staff member in Stephen Harper's government has been appointed chief of staff for the B.C. Liberal caucus. States of emergency have been declared and people are being evacuated from their homes.
Imperial Metals' Mount Polley open-pit copper and gold mine in the Williams Lake area is operating at a reduced capacity due to displaced employees, others on evacuation alert, and road closures.
The wildfires ripping through British Columbia's Interior are beginning to exact an economic toll, forcing companies in the forestry and mining sectors to scale back or suspend operations altogether.
Pierce said cash donations are the best way to help the thousands of people forced from their homes because donated goods often don't match the needs of evacuees and are costly to ship and store.
"We have been registering people that are on alert or under an evacuation order", said ESS director Dave Dickson.
One wild fire destroyed about 30 homes and two airport hangars near the town of Cache Creek 354 km northeast of Vancouver.
Maintenance work in the affected area also has been halted, while emergency response plans were under way to protect facilities and workers, a spokesman said.
Rob Schweizer, manager of the Kamloops Fire Centre, said it had been an unprecedented 24 hours.
"The only fire west of the Fraser River is zero per cent contained officially. We're seeing a lot of compassion on the part of people in the province and a lot of support from others. for example the people from Alberta, who have been providing support, particularly those who were impacted by the fire past year in Fort McMurray, that's great for us to be seeing". Many fires are still burning, and the full extent of the fire damage is not yet known. "They have been suppressed for so many decades and now that we have built up those fuels".