300 out-of-province firefighters to fight BC wildfires

Aaron Brown
July 13, 2017

Some evacuees will have escaped their homes knowing there will be little left once the fires have done their work, while others will be struggling with the agony of the unknown.

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The mine continues to operate at a reduced capacity, said Robertson, and the company has a number of plans in place, including one to evacuate the site should the fires move close. Most of those evacuations remain in effect, though Wilsey and some others have been allowed to return home.

HUNDREDS of wildfires, many of them major and out of control, are burning across dry terrain in Canada and the western U.S., sparked by lightning, whipped by strong winds and fuelled by temperatures in the 40s.

Bob Turner of Emergency Management BC said the situation is still deteriorating.

The Prince George fire centre is dealing with its own issues - the Sutherland Road fire is at 1,800 hectares, the Grizzly Lake fire is 215 hectares and Tatelkuz Lake fire is over 1,000 hectares.

Canada's Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said in a news conference Monday that an additional 300 personnel were on their way to assist.

Gusty winds and hot, dry conditions are expected to continue for days, said Skrepnek.

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This time-lapse video of the Wall Fire condenses one hour of high intensity fire behavior into a one minute video.

Norbord Inc. says it has shut down its wood panel mill, also in 100 Mile House, and it's assessing what impact the fires will have on its production schedule.

Almost 2,000 people from the 100 Mile House area in the Cariboo were told yesterday they'll be out of their homes for at least another week. For individuals living in areas with poor air quality, you may want to consider staying indoors when possible, use air purifiers and if asthmatic, keep inhalers handy. Do I have a job?

In Santa Barbara County along California's central coast, about 200 people were under evacuation orders because of the so-called Alamo Fire, named after a creek near where it started on Thursday, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.

The scorching weather comes after California's prolonged drought emergency was declared officially over in April.

"What the heavy rains have done is created a grass crop that we haven't seen in forever", said Santa Barbara County fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni, whose department was battling two large wildfires Monday. It was 55 percent contained.

In rural Arizona, fire officials say three homes were among 10 buildings that were burned.

The Farad Fire has burned about 500 acres in Sierra County, about 12 miles northeast of Truckee.

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