WA Firies Heading To Canada To Help Tackle Hundreds Of Wildfires

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 19, 2017

The province says the Australians" expertise will help maintain the BC Wildfire Service's "high success rate for containing new fires'.

The entire city of Williams Lake, six hours northeast of Vancouver, was ordered evacuated on the weekend. "At night, we see really", said a resident of the area.

Lucy Lorenzetto, who fled her home in Williams Lake overnight, stood outside clutching a blue blanket, a plastic bag full of toiletries and a paper cup full of coffee.

One woman who lives near Kamloops posted in a Facebook evacuee support group that she had a tent trailer available for a family to stay in.

Aaron Baker sat outside the arena with a ticket stub corresponding with the cot he would be able to sleep in that night.

Wildfire evacuees from Williams Lake wait in line for aid in Kamloops with their belongings.

A dog sits in a cage in an area in Kamloops set aside for the animals of people who had to flee wildfires in B.C.'s Interior. "I'll just keep on keepin' on". "Take as much as you need", read a hand-written sign.

Near Kelowna, residents on all but 69 properties have been allowed to return to Lake Country after a human-caused fire was sparked Friday, destroying eight homes and forcing the evacuation of more than 300. "There is fire equipment still in the area working - use caution", the official account for Cal Fire tweeted.

In 2016, forest fires in Fort McMurray in neighbouring Alberta province displaced 88,000 people and burned 590,000 hectares.

Stone says the early start to the 2017 fire season means there will be risk for some time to come and vigilance will be required.

"The possible duration of this is different", Mr. Turner said.

"But [2017] is in many ways a more complicated response because of the geographic scope. and we're at the beginning of the fire season", he said. Of those, more than 5,400 payments have already been issued, Mr. Turner said.

162 fires, including 27 fires of note, are burning now.

"It's complex", Ms. Dupont said.

"Being in an evacuation centre, I know it wouldn't be good for us, for sure", McLean said. Last week, it was rather a question of 200 forest fires. "It continues to get worse", added a resident.

Central Okanagan Emergency Operations says 10 structures have been damaged by the flames.

Personnel and helicopters were dispatched to manage the fire and Parks Canada closed the Egypt Lake, Redearth Pass and Healy Pass areas as a precaution.

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