Wildfires result in state-of-emergency being declared in BC

Winds and lightning forecast for British Columbia's central Interior yesterday largely failed to materialize, giving fire crews a chance to attack a number of wildfires raging through the area.

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb says residents are breathing a bit more easily, but he knows the fire danger isn't over yet.

B-C has declared a state of emergency as nearly 200 wildfires burn across the province, primarily in the central and southern Interior.

More than 14-thousand people have been displaced and the 10-thousand residents of Williams Lake have been under an evacuation alert since Monday, warned that they may need to leave on a moment's notice.

Al Richmond with the Cariboo Regional District says a new evacuation order was issued last night when winds shifted, fanning flames toward a rural area southwest of Williams Lake.

Cobb says about 40 to 60 per cent of residents of his city have already gone.

Geoff Paynton with the emergency operations centre in Williams Lake says there is enough food and gasoline in the city, but voluntary evacuations are creating staff shortages at local businesses.