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Wildfires continue to blaze in B.C.

Hot and dry weather that’s expected to continue Sunday and throughout the week is presenting the risk of more wildfires igniting in British Columbia.  

As it stands, crews are currently tackling 318 fires.  

B.C. fire information officer Kim Steinbart says while lightning and wind gusts are the biggest threat for new blazes, firefighters are working hard to contain those burning right now.

Crews are pleased they’ve now managed to contain about 15 per cent of the Dog Creek fire, south of Williams Lake, where 31 people were evacuated and another 100 are on evacuation alert.

Meantime, the fate of two crew members remains unknown after their waterbomber crashed 18-kilometres south of Lytton, B.C.

The plane is owned by Conair, which is based in Abbotsford.

The waterbomber was battling some of the more than 300 wildfires burning across the province when it went down Saturday night 160-kilometres northeast of Vancouver.

Rescue crews have found the crash site, but steep terrain and a raging fire are preventing them from getting to the downed plane.

More than 70 per cent of the province is now under a campfire ban.

Stateside, firefighters are making progress against a raging wildfire 80-kilometres north of Los Angeles.

The blaze, which has charred almost 60 square kilometres in three days, is said to be more than 80 per cent contained.

About 1,300 firefighters and several aircraft are battling the blaze, which is not threatening any buildings.