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Vancouver/Canadian-Media: Today's weather forecast for British Columbia(B.C.) predicting wind speed and direction has a dramatic effect on the current wildfire situation in B.C.
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A wind advisory for the province's Interior, southern Interior and southeast regions that extends to Thursday night has been issued by the B.C. Wildfire Service.
"Wind activity may significantly impact fire growth in these regions," the advisory says. "The rate of fire spread will likely increase, and the direction of fire growth may change quickly on some wildfires," CBC News reported.
Winds expected to shift direction Thursday, the gusts of wind to reach 40 km/h in parts of the southern Interior and 50-70 km/h in the southeast, would create potentially dangerous situations for firefighting.
Wind essentially feeds wildfires, said Fire ecologist Robert Gray, which means Thursday will be a challenging day for firefighters.
According to the forecast, the wind which would likely calm on Friday, could return over the weekend.
Nearly 3,400 square kilometers of land have already been burned by wildfire since April 1.
More than 4,300 properties in B.C. have been ordered to evacuate, as of Thursday morning, while about 17,700 more have been told to prepare to leave at a moment's notice.
Evacuees are encouraged to register online with Emergency Support Services, irrespective of the fact that they access services at an evacuation center.