Western Canada firefighters bracing for massive spread of wildfires

Fire officials in British Columbia warned they would be facing “the most challenging 24 to 48 hours of the summer,” as wildfires that have been ravaging western Canada all week are expected to increase and impact more areas.

Over 370 wildfires have been raging since the beginning of the week throughout western Canada territories, according to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre.

Two wildfires of note, the Stein Mountain wildfire, which was discovered on July 12, and the McDougall Creek wildfire, which was discovered on Tuesday, are classified as “out of control” and have burned through a combined 18,000 acres as of Friday morning, according to the British Columbia Wildfire Service.

Cliff Chapman, the British Columbia director of wildfire operations, said in a statement Thursday evening that he is expecting more wildfires to erupt.

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