Canada B.C. communities brace for fire evacuation orders

13:01  15 july  2017
13:01  15 july  2017 Source:   MSN

B.C. wildfires destroy buildings, force thousands to evacuate their homes

  B.C. wildfires destroy buildings, force thousands to evacuate their homes B.C. wildfires destroy buildings, force thousands to evacuate their homesJustine Hunse of the BC Wildfire Service said a blaze was burning across a seven-square-kilometre area outside Ashcroft, about 100 kilometres west of Kamloops.

Turner says the province's priority is public safety and he encourages people to heed evacuation orders when they are issued. Evacuees who are staying in communities from Kamloops to Vancouver can't return home yet, Day said, as hot spots and a fire near Cache Creek remain a cause

Turner says the province’s priority is public safety and he encourages people to heed evacuation orders when they are issued. Success of past firefighting efforts have made B . C . forests more fire -prone, expert says. Fort McMurray residents rally around B . C . communities battling wildfires.

Weekend winds could spread B.C. wildfires to new areas, official warns © Simon Hergott/CBC Weekend winds could spread B.C. wildfires to new areas, official warns

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. - Officials are preparing for more evacuation alerts and orders as wildfires in British Columbia risk worsening this weekend.

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb says crews are ensuring routes are clear and buses are ready if the city's 11,000 residents are suddenly forced to leave.

Lightening and strong winds are in the forecast and could fuel the dozens of fires burning across the province, three of which surround Williams Lake.

The BC Wildfire Service says it's taken steps to help ground crews fight some of the fires, by burning a safe perimeter around a 2,600-hectare blaze near 150 Mile House.

The service is asking people to stay away from the backcountry to avoid triggering human-caused fires.

Officials are also asking the public to stay off four lakes in the Cariboo region, specifically Williams Lake, Watson Lake, Lac La Hache and Horse Lake, so that firefighting aircraft have room to pick up water.

B.C. to start notifying people who lost homes .
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Officials in British Columbia say they are beginning the difficult process of notifying those who have lost homes in the out-of-control wildfires that have prompted a provincial state of emergency. Cariboo Regional District chairman Al Richmond said Monday that teams have gained access to areas where houses and other buildings have been destroyed northwest of 100 Mile House. "We can start to phone the residents who have had losses," Cariboo Regional District chairman Al Richmond said Monday that teams have gained access to areas where houses and other buildings have been destroyed northwest of 100 Mile House.

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