Fire crews called back to BC

More than 200 provincial firefighters sent to help fight wildfires in eastern Canada have been called back to B.C. early. 

A total of 204 BC Wildfire Service firefighters are in Ontario and Quebec, and the BCWS said they have requested the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre to return those crews to B.C. by next week.

"We are happy to have been able to help out Ontario and Quebec while they face a high level of fire activity as they have helped us so often in the past. However, we do recognize the uptick in activity in our own province," the BCWS wrote on Facebook.

B.C. fire crews were deployed out east between July 9 and 13. They can be stationed out-of-province for a maximum of 19 days, but can be called back earlier if requested.

"We can't just literally pull them off a fire in Ontario or Quebec, we have to make sure there's a contingency plan in place," fire information officer Noelle Kekula said.

Wildfire activity in B.C. has picked up considerably since Tuesday; at least 67 fires that have started since then are still being worked on by BCWS crews.

There were 10 wildfires of note on Friday morning. Seven of those are in the Okanagan. 

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