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Western Canada wildfires prompt state of emergency, evacuations
    2017-July-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

SOME 180 wildfires raged over a massive section of Western Canada’s British Columbia on Saturday, prompting the evacuation of 3,000 households and the province’s first state of emergency in 14 years.

The blazes were scattered across hundreds of kilometers of the interior portion of the province, burning through bone-dry forests used for logging and rolling grasslands that are home to ranches. High temperatures and winds complicated firefighting efforts.

“The weather situation is not favorable,” said John Rustad, provincial minister in charge of firefighting operations. “There is very aggressive fire behavior that makes it very difficult to directly attack.”

The spate of wildfires began Friday, when 138 new fires were reported, most of them sparked by lightning in dry electrical storms.

No injuries or deaths were reported. Provincial officials said they did not know how much damage had been caused, though evacuees said they had left behind farm animals and witnessed the destruction of homes and other buildings.

Some evacuees made their way to a make-shift emergency center at a sporting facility in Kamloops, some 250 kilometers northeast of Vancouver.

Some people said they were not given adequate time to pack up their goods.

Others, who had been away from their homes on vacation, feared they would lose cherished belongings in the fires.

Chalky red fire retardant dust was splashed on some vehicles that passed through areas that were sprayed with the substance from “water bomber” planes used to fight the fire.

(SD-Agencies)

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