Canada declares state of emergency as hundreds of wildfires decimate British Columbia

Fox Mountain engulfed in flames

Out-of-province deployments usually last approximately two to three weeks, he said.

Number of fires: More than 173 fires were reported on Friday alone, with fire crews battling 183 blazes across the province at one point on Saturday. I can't promise we're going to be sending anything to a lot of the fires that are within the P.G. fire centre because there are so many. "We haven't lost a structure yet".

As more than 180 wildfires burn in British Columbia, and almost 40,000 residents are under order to evacuate, several online resources have emerged to assist livestock owners.

This includes at least five houses, 30 trailer park homes and two hangars at the regional airport.

Thousands of people in the Thompson-Nicola Regional district and the Cariboo region have been forced to evacuate their homes. Lighting storms also lit up the skies in many parts of the province. That was a key, critical challenge we had.

Between April 1 and July 7, 463 fires had consumed 113 square kilometers (70 square miles). The Cariboo Fire Centre is preparing for the possibility of increased lightning-caused fires.

A campfire ban is now in effect for the entire Kamloops Fire Center.

"I've been in this business for 17 years. and I haven't experienced a day like we experienced yesterday", he said.

The state of emergency gives agencies such as Emergency Management BC, the Fire Commissioner, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and the RCMP authority under the Emergency Program Act to take necessary action to fight wildfires and protect residents and their communities. She warned that the situation could worsen. "It was just a frightening thing to behold", he said. Winds were steady but not aggressive, we certainly weren't having any thunderstorms, so it was kind of a calm air mass.

"Especially after what happened in Fort McMurray, we were very, very scared here on Friday when the power went out".

"We are on the path that was projected related to climate change", she said.

Richmond said that will allow crews and more equipment to come into the area to battle the wildfires and allow for people to leave the Williams Lake area if they need to.

"Smoke being generated by the fire is making it hard to ascertain its exact size", said the Service in an information bulletin.

"What we're bringing in are trained wildfire crews from other provinces; both on-the-ground fire crews and specialist positions", said Skrepnek. It will be especially helpful, as the fires have forced the closure of some major highways. "So we had everything we needed". The Wildwood fire is 2,000 hectares.

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