Kevin Skrepnek, B.C.'s chief fire information officer, said the current level of fire activity is "pretty unprecedented" this early in the season.
Seventy provincial parks are closed in the southern Interior. "Some of the numbers that I do have with me -- 1,800 evacuees registered in Williams Lake, that are being directed to Prince George and about 1,200 people registered at 100 Mile; overall might be in the neighbourhood of 7,000, again that number is fluid".
Weather conditions are not expected to provide much relief over the next few days.
The forecast remains hot and dry for several more days, however, and things are likely to get worse before they get better.
"We watch the weather, we watch the wind and we pray for rain". Once that threshold is reached, the service has immediate access to contingency funds, said Skrepnek.
BC Wildfire Service says that 29 new fires were started on Sunday for a total of 218 fires burning in the province as of Monday afternoon.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District declared a state of local emergency because of the fire, which quickly grew over the course Friday. That was also because of wildfires.
John Rustad, the provincial minister managing the firefighting efforts, mentioned high temperatures and constant winds which make their operations hard.
With that in mind, he suggested that while Ottawa would never replace provinces when it comes to managing wildfires, the federal government would be wise to prepare to act as a backstop in the event the provinces can't help each other out. "I am also scheduling a complete briefing with response officials".
As of this writing, the fire is zero per cent contained. The province of Alberta declared a state of emergency in 2016. "That's below what we would have normally seen at this time of the year".
People will be coming door to door with a notice about where to go and what to do.
An air tanker was also en route to assist crews.
Sections of Highway 1 and Highway 97C have been blocked off near Ashcroft.
Evacuation Alerts/Orders: 3,000+ people have been told to evacuate.
About 3,600 people have been told to leave their homes as an out-of-control wildfire continues to expand in central B.C. "We have about 2124 under order and about 607 under alert.We have about 2124 under order and about 607 under alert".
He adds that because the fires are all over the place, emergency services can't mobilize to one area, making it hard to gain control.
Spokin Lake Road: A three-square-kilometre fire, about 20 kilometres east of Williams Lake, that has caused an evacuation order.
The community of Missezula Lake, at the end of Summers Creek Road, has been placed on advisory Evacuation Alert.