Premier-designate John Horgan released the following statement this evening:
“My thoughts are with families in Williams Lake and other communities issued evacuation orders today, and with the countless volunteers, emergency response workers and firefighters who have been tirelessly working to support and protect families and communities.
"I know I speak for everyone in the province when I express my deep gratitude to those who are putting their lives on the line to fight these fires. My heart especially goes out to the friends and family of the helicopter pilot who was injured in a crash today while fighting to protect B.C. families and communities.
"Our government will be ready to provide whatever support is needed in these difficult times. We are working closely with the outgoing government and our federal partners to deliver the support and services that are needed."