Justin Trudeau says he will visit B.C. wildfire zones amid shifting landscape

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REVELSTOKE, B.C. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he plans to visit British Columbia’s wildfire zones in the coming days as the situation continues to shift.

Evacuation alerts for residents of 100 Mile House were lifted Saturday, but a flurry of evacuation orders were issued late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Seventy-five kilometres to the north of 100 Mile House, residents of the village Clinton and surrounding areas were forced from their homes because of the flames were “rapidly moving”.

The Cariboo Regional District has also issued an expanded evacuation order for the Clisbako area, about 100 kilometres west of Quesnel.

Meanwhile, Williams Lake residents have been returning to their homes over the past few days after being ordered to leave about two weeks ago.

Trudeau was in Revelstoke Saturday urging Canadians to donate to the Red Cross to aid in relief efforts for fire-ravaged B.C. communities.

He says he will see the extent of the damage caused by the fires, but also plans to salute the efforts of hundreds of first responders who have been working tirelessly to protect communities from the wildfires.

“I know that once again, as we have in challenges in the past, Canadians will step up, stand together and show their compassion,” Trudeau said.

Officials fear high temperatures and a chance for lightning could increase fire activity.

Environment Canada forecasts rising temperatures up to and above 30 degrees Celsius for the southern Interior in the coming week, and the BC Wildfire Service has said the forests are much more dry than normal.

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