The fire threat across much of B.C. remains high Friday with 75 new fires started by lightning strikes, and more hot, dry weather is expected in the coming days.
Fire information officer Suzanne Von Der Porten says the slight amount of rain that accompanied Thursday's lightning storm has not done much to dampen the tinder dry forests.
She says the three major fires burning in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region are still a major concern.
The Tezla Lake fire covers 12,000 hectares, the Wultus Lake fire is burning more than 9,000 hectares of forest and a 20,000-hectare fire isburning near the Narcosli Ecological Reserve.
Evacuation orders were issued Tuesday for Tezla Lake and Wultus Lake, covering 500 to 600 people. But the situation has improved, and the Wultus Lake order has been downgraded to an alert.
Van Der Porten says they are throwing a lot of resources at allthree fires, with more than 1,700 firefighters on the lines.
She also says the Hourglass fire that forced the evacuation of Tumbler Ridge last weekend is being held in check by cooler temperatures, but notes that strong winds are expected in the area.
More than 1,000 wildfires have been reported since the beginning of April, making it one of the worst early fire seasons ever in B.C.