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KAMLOOPS, B.C. – More than 400 firefighters are battling to contain the largest recorded wildfire in British Columbia’s history.

Kevin Skrepnek with the B-C Wildfire Service says 19 fires burning west of Quesnel and William’s Lake have merged to create a single fire estimated to be more than 467,000 hectares in size. The largest previously recorded wildfire in B.C. history was less than half that size. In 1958, a wildfire erupted west of Muncho Lake in the Kechiga Valley and burned just under 226,000 hectares of forests.

The estimated boundaries of the Plateau Complex fire near Quesnel. Photo by BC Wildfire Service

It’s been a record-breaking fire season in our province, with more than 1,000 fires scorching over 1 million hectares since April 1st. Emergency Management BC says 3,800 people remain displaced by the fires and nearly 10,000 more have been warned that they may need to leave on a moment’s notice.

Skrepnek says crews fighting flames in the southern part of the province are getting help from calm weather and seasonal temperatures, but unsettled conditions are expected to return later this week, bringing wind and possible lightning.

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