BC wildfire service "optimistic" about 150 mile fire

Jul 14, 2017, 00:35
BC wildfire service

In Butte County, some residents returned to their neighborhoods only to find their homes destroyed by the 5,800-acre Wall Fire.

Hundreds of wildfires have been burning for days in Canada's most westerly province. And courageous firefighters from around the province have been on the ground fighting to save lives and communities.

Drysdale said a recently updated weather forecast will create some new challenges for the 155 firefighters now on scene.

With our deep roots in British Columbia, our hearts and minds are with the people and businesses dealing with the loss and uncertainty created by the wildfires.

Wilsey was already making new plans in case the fire makes another run at them. With record-high temperatures and strong wind, this was a recipe that eventually leads to the spread of these fires.

Boston Flats, British Columbia, burnt earlier in the week.

In Arizona, residents who fled the rural community of Dudleyville, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Phoenix, over the weekend because of a wildfire were allowed to return home. From Fernie to Abbotsford to Prince George, people have been offering temporary homes for everything from hamsters to horses, and donations have flooded in to take care of lost livestock and pets. Some pets died. Optimism is their only defense now.

I know that no matter what happens in the coming weeks that we will work together to support those in need, because that's what we do. "We can manage a fire and we can steer a fire".

There are 34,380 people under evacuation order or alert in the region.

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Sally Aitken and her husband, Jack, were staying at their summer home on Tatla Lake about 220 kilometres west of Williams Lake over the weekend. Ten thousand people have to be ready to run any second.

Mandatory evacuations have remained active for residents living in the Tepusquet Canyon area.

"It's not uncommon at all for escaped campfires or other fires to get going in these slash areas and they're quite a problem to put out", Peracis says.

There are about 200 fires burning province-wide.

Imperial Metals says numerous roads used to access the site have been closed and if critical supplies such as fuel are no longer available, the mine may suspend operations altogether. "So we're more than happy to assist when they call us up".

As of Sunday, the B.C. Wildfire Service was responding to five new wildfires about 32 km northeast of Granisle and 125 km northwest of Fort St. James. The planes come down to the rivers, fill their tanks with water, then head back up and drop it from above.

They chose to leave after they lost power and smoke from nearby wildfires began to grow thicker.

As the fires burn, the evacuation centers continue to fill up.

As chief, he said his signature is required to enforce the evacuation order on the reserve, which he chose not to authorize.

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