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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.
Image: Wild fire. Image credit: Unsplash
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.
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Lytton (B.C.)/Canadian-Media: More than 1,000 people were forced to leave with little notice Wednesday from the village of Lytton village and surrounding area in Fraser Canyon in British Columbia (B.C.), and the search for those unaccounted for by RCMP continues.
Lytton fire. Image credit: Screenshot
Dozens of families, who were forced to flee their homes due to the catastrophic fire in Lytton were frantically trying to find loved ones scattered in the evacuations.
Mike Farnworth B.C. Public Safety Minister said the RCMP is investigating the location of any residents who are unaccounted for, but could not provide an exact number. 100 more officers were deployed to assist with investigation efforts.
Those looking for loved ones should call the police nearest to them for guidance, Farnworth said.
Most homes and structures in the village, as well as the local ambulance station and RCMP detachment were destroyed, the province said Thursday.
"The conditions have been unprecedented in terms of dryness and heat," said Erika Berg, a fire information officer with the B.C. Wildfire Service, CBC News reported.
Lytton RCMP said in a statement today that it was currently unsafe for anyone to enter the town and added,
"The situation is being continually assessed and when safe to do so we will be entering the area to conduct a formal search, specifically for any injured or missing people," said Dwayne McDonald, commanding officer of the B.C. RCMP.