B.C. wildfires: Federal assistance on its way

Thursday, 13 July 2017, 05:23:36 AM. British Columbia officials say that more gusty winds and hot, dry conditions are in the weather forecast, meaning the number of people evacuated is likely to rise from the latest estimate of 7,000.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Residents of a village in British Columbia's southern interior are anxious to see what is left of their homes after one of the hundreds of wildfires raging across the region tore through their community, engulfing dozens of properties and forcing people to flee with little warning. Mark Sutherland of the Ashcroft Indian Reserve west of Kamloops said Sunday he had only seconds to escape with his girlfriend and two young children before flames overtook his home. "By the time we got everyone into the cars and we were getting out of the reserve, coming around the bend, (the fire) was already past the house. The next few houses were on fire," said Sutherland, who used to work on a forestry firefighting ground crew. "It was so fast. Everything was happening so fast." There is no end in sight as provincial officials expect more gusty winds and hot, dry conditions to fan the flames of the more than 220 fires that have destroyed an area covering at least 230 square kilometres. Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, said the number of people forced from their homes is likely to rise from the latest estimate of 7,000. "The situation around evacuation alerts and orders could be quite fluid," said Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer for the BC Wildfire Service, on Sunday. "I would anticipate there would be expansions over the next few days." B.C. has committed $100 million to help communities and residents rebuild, while the federal...Read more
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