Canada B.C. communities brace for fire evacuation orders

13:01  15 july  2017
13:01  15 july  2017 Source:   msn.com

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.

There are more than 160 fires burning, with 14 posing a direct threat on communities , Skrepnek said. An evacuation order was issued Saturday morning for the remote Clisbako area in the Cariboo region.

Read more: B . C . wildfire crews brace for worsening winds this weekend. Village officials warned that residents should prepare for an evacuation order , noting that the fire was headed their way and “poses an imminent threat to people and property.”

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. fires stir memories of Fort McMurray—and fear for the future .
The evacuation of Williams Lake shows lessons of last year’s nightmare sank in. Good thing, because the wildfire threat across Western Canada is getting worse.The fires had begun 10 days earlier, when a night storm blew through the area—“so fast it barely left a skip of rain,” says Richard Boston, who works in the local mining industry. “But dry lightning had done damage,” he adds. “Driving to work the next day, I could see puffs of smoke everywhere.

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