Canada Portion of Banff closed due to wildfires

21:05  16 july  2017
21:05  16 july  2017 Source:   Metro News

Manitoba sending firefighters to help battle B.C. wildfires

  Manitoba sending firefighters to help battle B.C. wildfires More than a dozen trained Manitoba firefighters are heading west to battle the wildfires ripping through B.C.'s central and southern interior. The province announced the plan Tuesday, after roughly 14,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes in Williams Lake, Cache Creek, Alexis Creek, the Kleena Kleene region and West Fraser. A team of 13 firefighters is heading west with 50 pumps. An air-attack officer is heading to the Northwest Territories to help with firefighting efforts in that area. The team is expected to leave Manitoba later this week. They will join about 300 firefighters and support staff from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick, who were expected to start arriving Monday to help relieve the pressure on roughly 1,000 B.C. firefighters battling the blazes. There are more than 230 active wildfires being fought as of Tuesday.

BURLEY — A 50-mile stretch of Interstate 84 closed Tuesday in both directions between the Interstate 86 junction and the Utah border due to a wildfire burning in southeastern Cassia and southwestern Oneida counties.

Wildfires have closed a portion of Banff National Park.: Portion of Banff closed due to wildfires © Metro File Portion of Banff closed due to wildfires

A portion of Banff and Kootenay National Park remains closed Sunday due to a wildfire in the area. 

Parks Canada closed the park on Saturday morning as fire crews battle the fire in the Verdant Creek area of Kootenay National Park while dispatching helicopters to help keep the blaze under control.

As a precautionary measure, Parks Canada evacuated the Egypt Lake, Redearth Pass and Healy Pass areas while ensuring that backcountry campsites and trails in the area are cleared. Officials have closed the area to all backcountry users including hikers and campers and will be cancelling camping permits in the area until further notice.

Individuals with backcountry reservations in the area closure in the coming days should contact 403-762-1556 or visit the Banff National Park Visitor Centre. The next update is expected later today.

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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