Canada How just one of the B.C. wildfires compares to several Canadian cities

04:06  13 july  2017
04:06  13 july  2017 Source:   Maclean's

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Here’s what one of the largest of the dozens of wildfires in B . C . looks like when superimposed over Canada ’s biggest cities .

How bad is this? Some historical context. B . C . has seen 572 fires to date in 2017, about half of which broke out over the past few days. The province had spent -million fighting wildfires this year as of end-of-day Friday, Mr. Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service told The Canadian Press.

More than 14,000 people have been forced to leave their homes behind as close to 200 wildfires burn across parts of British Columbia. With the fires spread throughout the province, it can be hard to comprehend their scale.

When the Fort McMurray fire started to spread, Maclean’stracked it’s growth and superimposed the fire pattern on other Canadian cities to put it’s size in perspective. So for the current British Columbia wildfires, we’ve taken a similar approach.

One of the largest wildfires is in the Ashcroft Reserve area. As of July 12, the fire had spread to approximately 10,600 hectares.

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To give an idea of how big that is, here’s what 10,000 hectares would cover in several Canadian cities:

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How bad is this? Some historical context. B . C . has seen 572 fires to date in 2017, about half of which broke out over the past few days. The province had spent -million fighting wildfires this year as of end-of-day Friday, Mr. Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service told The Canadian Press.

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July 7, 2017: A wildfire burns on a mountain near Ashcroft, B . C . Darryl dyck/the canadian press. British Columbians are getting donations and advice from the residents of Fort McMurray, Alta., which suffered its own devastating fire just over a year ago.

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At least 41 homes in Cariboo destroyed by wildfires .
At least 41 homes in Cariboo destroyed by wildfires At least 41 Cariboo homes have been destroyed by the wildfires burning through the region.Cariboo Regional District chair Al Richmond says district staff are going into areas hit by fires to assess damages whenever it's safe.He says the current number of homes lost only reflects what they have been able to find so far."As we go into areas, we don't know what to expect," he said. "I believe it's quite likely the number will still go up.

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