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Wildfire conditions in B.C. are expected to worsen over the weekend as officials predict winds to pick up, fanning dozens of flare-ups that have forced more than 16,000 people from their homes.

None of the fires in the region are large enough to be causing the smoke that has moved into the area.

There are more than 160 fires burning, with 14 posing a direct threat on communities, Skrepnek said.

Since the start of the year, more than 128,000 hectares have burned and $77 million has been spent on fire suppression, according to Skrepnek.

The provincial government has also been asked to allow some movement on closed sections of Highway 97 so that people who left their homes in Williams Lake and went to Prince George could drive south to Vancouver.

It follows an order issued Friday evening for an estimated 338 structures and residences in the Loon Lake area of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, which was the first new evacuation to be called since Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Skrepnek discouraged people entering the backcountry.

The province is reminding evacuees to register with the Canadian Red Cross and, if they need lodging or food, to register at emergency social services reception centres as well.

Unit crews began lighting controlled fires west of Williams Lake on Thursday, where almost 11,000 people have been on standby since Monday to evacuate at a moment's notice.

One of the biggest issues for officials is the wind as some areas could see gusts of more than 50 kilometres an hour on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, significant rain continues to elude the southern half of the province for the foreseeable future", Environment Canada says.

An older fire at Woden Creek is 100 per cent contained and crews are patrolling for flare-ups.

"What I'm suggesting to people is: If you're going to stay and you're not going to evacuate when you're told to evacuate, make sure you've got your dental records so if you burn up in the fire we can identify you", he said.

Fourteen of them are interface fires, which means communities are in potential danger.