Warmth ends as arctic air envelops Northwest

After years of hot weather and drought, the cold arctic air that just enveloped the Pacific Northwest will send officials scrambling to help battle historic blazes raging in British Columbia. The cold snap has…

Warmth ends as arctic air envelops Northwest

After years of hot weather and drought, the cold arctic air that just enveloped the Pacific Northwest will send officials scrambling to help battle historic blazes raging in British Columbia.

The cold snap has brought up to 10 inches of snow to the provincial capital of Victoria and a dusting of white to Vancouver, where two wildfires have destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

The Vancouver Canadian Fire Centre said firefighters have made progress on eight fires in the province of British Columbia that are now 80 percent contained.

“We are cautiously optimistic and continue to work around the clock,” he said.

Though warmer weather was forecast, it was too soon to know if further fires would start, he said.

“Really it comes down to the wind direction,” Deputy Fire Chief Steve Lewchuk said. “For all we know tomorrow morning, we could be back in the fight.”

Video from FOX Vancouver shows smoke rising above houses and roads and smoke clouding a city street.

The warmer weather prompted officials to extend bans on burning debris and trash.

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