14000 forced out by BC wildfires

Laura Christensen
July 11, 2017

"We went right in and knocked it back", Worsley said Sunday by phone during a break. In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Mr Skrepnek said: "A big driver of activity yesterday was the lightning we were getting, but there were definitely human-caused fires in there as well - which is frustrating, given that those are preventable fires".

Fire information officers said the prohibitions do not apply to "cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres".

Temporary accommodations were also introduced in the Williams Lake High School and 100 Mile House. The park has only one access road, making any evacuation hard.

The mayor of Cache Creek, John Ranta, told reporters that fires had destroyed at least five houses, 30 trailer park homes and two hangers of a regional airport on Friday, but that no structures had been lost on Saturday.

A provincial state of emergency remains in place. That was also because of wildfires.

The Red Cross has started a fires appeal to help provide immediate relief such as cots, blankets, family reunification and financial assistance for food, clothing and personal needs. Environment Canada says smoke concentrations will change as winds and temperatures change.

Evacuations ordered in numerous locations.

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The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has declared a local state of emergency.

CBC News reported that an estimated 7,000 people had been forced from their homes.

Properties between Summers Creek Road and Dry Lake north of Princeton along Highway 5A are being evacuated due to a wildfire.

Rice commends the District of 100 Mile House for doing "an excellent job of abiding by the evacuation orders". And because the fires are spread out all over the place, emergency services are having a hard time mobilizing in any one area, adding to the inability to gain control of the fires.

Lori Daniels, an associate professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, said firefighting efforts over the last 60 to 100 years have allowed for denser forests with a lot of dead material on the ground. By Friday evening, an evacuation order had been issued for the entire community of Cache Creek.

Included in the alert are the communities of Forest Grove and the western part of Canim Lake.

"Weather is expected to remain dry, with winds increasing in the afternoon, making any spark a potential wildfire, the fire agency said in a statement".

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