$100M for cities devastated by BC wildfires

Jul 11, 2017, 00:40
$100M for cities devastated by BC wildfires

Image: British Columbia wildfires seen near 100 Mile House in British Columbia, Canada in this handout photo obtained by Reuters July 7, 2017.

"We pray for rain, but our prayers aren't always answered", British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said while touring regional evacuation facilities in Kamloops, a town some 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of Vancouver.

"The situation has escalated and it is a serious situation and the province is bringing and sparing all the resources available", Forestry Minister John Rustad said Saturday afternoon.

Dramatic images show intensity of wildfires raging in B.C., western U.S.

Daniels says the fire danger ratings throughout the southern two-thirds of BC are very high to extreme, from the coast right through to the Rocky Mountains.

Kevin Skrepnek, information officer for the B.C. Wildfire Service, said it has been an "extraordinary" day.

State of Emergency declared in British Columbia as fires blaze throughout the Canadian province. The government said it would allow it to more easily co-ordinate a response to the crisis.

"The irony is we tried to protect our forests from fire and we created a situation where they're much more susceptible and the fires are more damaging", she said. Ninety-eight new fires started on Saturday, and a further 27 on Sunday.

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Evacuation alerts and orders have been issued for Ashcroft, Cache Creek, and Princeton, in addition to those issued on Friday for 105 Mile House and 108 Mile House. Evacuation order in effect in Cache Creek and areas to the north.

About 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which officials said has led to the evacuation of some 7,500 people. At least 200 contractors backed them up, while an additional 300 firefighters recruited from other parts of Canada and are expected to arrive on Monday and Tuesday.

Today, the Province is announcing a $100-million fund that will provide impacted communities and residents the resources needed to rebuild.

"We have tremendous sympathy for the challenges we are all collectively facing", Ranta said.

"That will mean that people who have been evacuated will be able to come up to Prince George and I believe Prince George is prepared to receive them as well", said Mosure.

Rob Schweizer, manager of the Kamloops Fire Centre, said it had been an unprecedented 24 hours.

Almost 2,000 firefighters battled the blazes, but their efforts were hampered by dry and hot conditions in recent weeks that provided the flawless incubator for the outbreak, and they continue to feed them.

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