Wildfire situation continues to ease in northwest -- while the rest of the province burns

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The Wildfire Danger Rating continues to drop across much of northern B.C., thanks to several days of rain, and the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District has rescinded another Evacuation Alert.

The R.D., in conjunction with the Saik'uz Band Council, has lifted the alert covering the Cutoff Creek Wildfire south of Fort Fraser.

The fire, which covers an estimated 21,500 hectares, is classified as "being held" and crews are working to extinguish hotspots and establish a control line using direct attack.

That leaves just one Evacuation Alert remaining within the Regional District -- and that one covers the Mount Porter Fire near Omineca Provincial Park.

The Fire Danger Rating is now Low-to-Very Low for most of the Northwest Fire Region, except for the far north near the Yukon border, where it's still High-to-Extreme.

However, the situation in central and southern B.C. remains much more volatile, where Environment Canada has issued more heat warnings and special weather statements as unseasonable temperatures return.

Roughly 250 wildfires are burning across the province, and Emergency Management B.C. says a crew of 34 fire specialists from Australia will soon join 208 other out-of-province personnel working alongside more than 3,000 people on the fire lines.

Evacuation orders are in effect for just over 3,700 properties across the province, while alerts cover about 18,000 more as wildfires have charred nearly 4,200 square kilometres of trees, bush and grassland since the start of fire season on April 1.