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Firefighters gain on several wildfires in California

13 July 2017

The fires have been fueled by a crop of grass that grew from welcomed spring rains.

Crews were making progress against dozens of wildfires across the western U.S.

Authorities said the fire sent hundreds of people fleeing from their homes.

"I've never been so panic stricken in my life", said Scott, who moved to the area two years ago from the coast near Vancouver.

The fires have disrupted timber and mining operations, damaged a regional electric utility and forced more than 14,000 people from their homes in the interior of the province.

"The situation remains unsafe as heat returns to the West after a brief respite early this week, notes meteorologist Chris Dolce".

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The city has also dispatched an emergency planning coordinator, and said other assistance is available if needed. The blaze burned almost 9 square miles and injured four firefighters. Firefighters built containment lines around at least 85 percent of the blaze. The fires have caused no deaths or injuries. By this time last, there were 496 fires and 93,000 hectares were burned, due to early wildfires in the Peace Country.

Emergency officials and police are urging British Columbia residents to respect evacuation orders ahead of fast-moving wildfires, but some First Nations are standing their ground, successfully protecting their homes and property.

There are four fires burning on the east side of Arrow Lake, from five kilometres to 21 kilometres southeast of Burton. The blaze has been contained, except for a portion that continues to burn in rugged, steep terrain.

"They've been prepared since Saturday to receive up to 8,000 evacuees and cater to those with emergency social services", Turner said.

One wild fire destroyed about 30 homes and two airport hangars near the town of Cache Creek 354 km northeast of Vancouver. Meteorological Conditions. On Friday July 7, a lightning storm accompanied by strong winds sparked and spread over 100 wildfires.

Wildfires in British Columbia's Interior mean only coastal and extreme northern and northeastern corners of the province have escaped a pall of smoke blanketing regions that include the United States border.

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The ministry of forests says while it usually has enough staff, aircraft and equipment to tackle "any situation" during fire season, right now it is in dire need of outside help because of the extraordinarily high number of wildfires.

For the latest information on evacuation orders and alerts, visit EmergencyInfoBC.

Three new California fires made trouble Tuesday.

But he added much of the area known for camping, hiking, fishing and boating remains unaffected by fire or smoke and urged tourists to call ahead to confirm reservations and transportation.

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Firefighters gain on several wildfires in California