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Firefighters brace for windy weekend; China Creek wildfire won't be tamed

Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 4:10 PM -

Wildfires continue to chew through British Columbia communities, with no help from Mother Nature. 

Fire crews are bracing for windy conditions that could strengthen a fire in the north-central Interior between Houston and Burns Lake. 

About 120 homes have been evacuated in the area. 

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The Wildfire Management Branch said firefighters were gearing up for another 24 to 36 hours of vigorous fire activity at the 40-square-kilometre China Nose blaze as days of major heat pushed the fire danger rating to high or extreme across most of the province.

Winds on Saturday are expected to reach 40 km/h due to a cold front. 

Fire information officer Mike McCulley said the winds were expected through Friday night, and would produce extreme fire behaviour that would make it challenging to battle the blaze. 

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako issued expanded evacuation orders and alerts for the mainly rural region southeast of Houston and south of Highway 16 on Friday morning. 

The advisory has put 574 homes on alert, meaning those occupants must be ready to leave at a moment's notice. 

With files from The Canadian Press, CFTK

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