"We're ready for it, we're expecting that if the wind comes up like indicated, it's a possibility that we will have to go to the next step but right now we're just on alert and we're hoping for the best", he says.
"We never want to lose property".
The city of Williams Lake normally has a population of about 11,000, with 9,000 more in surrounding areas that were also ordered evacuated.
The EC-130 helicopter was operated by JB Air Inc.
Twenty highly-trained firefighters and a manager will board a chartered plane in Halifax that is transporting firefighters from across the region to Kamloops and Prince George in the British Columbia interior on Tuesday.
The province has spent $90 million on fighting 188,928 hectares of wildfires since April 1.
"It would take an unseasonably significant rain event to really change the situation now", he said.
Cariboo Regional District Chairman Al Richmond said that the flames had not reached Williams Lake on Sunday, but he and the mayor made a decision to issue the evacuation order because the fire threatened to cut exit routes.
423 square kilometres: The largest fire burning.
James said an NDP government is committed to keeping all politicians in fire-affected areas, including Liberals, as up to date as possible.
Dozens of provincial parks, ecological reserves and protected areas have also been closed in the fire centre because of the wildfire hazard.
Emergency Management BC deputy minister Robert Turner said that 80 per cent of those who have registered for aid have received it, for a total of 5471 payments.
Reception centres are now open in Kelowna, Vernon, Chilliwack and Surrey and more are in the works.
"Please continue to donate funds to the Red Cross, as this organization will be involved after the evacuees return home and assess their needs". Evacuees are asked to consider going elsewhere, if they can.
Cots are set up for evacuees at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, B.C. on Sunday, July 16, 2017 in this handout photo. "And if there are additional resources needed from other parts of the world, we will access those as well", he said.
Earlier in the afternoon Saturday, the forecast high winds that had put nerves on edge began to fan the flames of fires in the Cariboo. We have set up safety zones that we can evacuate to and defend from.
"Certainly the weather on Sunday was quite a bit more mild than what we had been experiencing Saturday in terms of wind and temperatures", said Skrepnek.
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