Relentless wildfires across B.C. have firefighters working around the clock to get them under control - but the end still isn't in sight says the BC Wildfire Service.
"We have to not just be looking at the short-term period, but also for the months ahead of us too, if this tempo is to continue", he said.
The wildfire is the latest blow for a community that has seen more than its share of adversity in recent years.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. Some 7,000 people have been evacuated throughout the province.
"We had a lot trouble (Tuesday) with people driving up into the fire", Voos said.
Richmond said that will allow crews and more equipment to come into the area to battle the wildfires and allow for people to leave the Williams Lake area if they need to.
British Columbia on Monday evacuated thousands more residents from the path of wildfires spreading across the Western Canadian province amid expectations the blazes will grow as forecasters predict more hot, dry weather the week.
A forest ecology expert believes British Columbia needs to look more closely at reducing fuel in the province's forests, to make it easier to fight wildfires like the ones raging now. As of Sunday, the fire in the Ashcroft region had spread to 4,400 hectares.
"We're focusing now on public safety, keeping these fires away from communities, protecting transportation routes, things like that".
Fires surrounded three sides of Cache Creek, just north of Ashcroft, prompting Mayor John Ranta to sign an evacuation notice for all of the town's 1,000 or so residents.
Smoke has been making assessing the size of some fires hard. And the province's next-door neighbour, Alberta, is sending 100 firefighters to battle the blazes. Close to 300 additional personnel, including firefighters and emergency management, are expected to arrive in BC as early as tomorrow. An evacuation order was issued for 2050 properties about 200 kilometers northwest of Kamloops.
"It's burning quite hot and that has challenged our efforts", B.C.'s chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek told Global News. The budget for the year is $53 million but Skrepnek says they will have access to more as needed, a situation that has occurred before.
Hundreds of people gathered in a conference room at Thompson Rivers University on Saturday evening where an information session was held for wildfire evacuees.