British Columbia braces for more wildfires

British Columbia braces for more wildfires

"But since 2010, we've seen this multiple times".

A total of 14,365 people have been displaced by the fires - a number that may grow significantly if the residents of Williams Lake, now on evacuation alert, are forced from their homes.

"We are just, in many ways, at the beginning of the worst part of the fire season and we watch the weather, we watch the wind, and we pray for rain", British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said.

About 200 people were under evacuation orders because of the fire, which started on Thursday in Santa Barbara County, the county sheriff's office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said.

Premier-designate John Horgan says he's been in touch with First Nations and municipal leaders and plans to travel to affected communities later this week to view the damage.

For more information about the evacution alerts, contact the RDBN at 1-800-320-3339 or Emergency Management B.C.at 1-800-663-3456.

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LIKE most British Columbians my thoughts have been with people in Interior communities who have been impacted by wildfires over the last week. About 200 rural homes east of Santa Maria were evacuated after the fire broke out on Saturday and was fed by dry gusts. The company has a pipeline in the province running from Taylor to Kamloops, though it discontinued a southern segment of it late a year ago.

In Colorado, crews were winding down the fight against a wildfire that temporarily forced hundreds of people to evacuate near the resort town of Breckenridge.

The fire lines on the hills leading into Santa Barbara and Goleta made no significant progress Tuesday and have been quiet the past two days, Beyer said. More than 14,000 people are out of their homes.

The latter duo bring much-needed wildfire experience as they originally came to the Saanich Fire Department from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

"We might be dealing with some new situations in some new areas". At least 20 structures burned, but officials didn't say if they were homes.

"I've never been so panic stricken in my life", said Scott, who moved to the area two years ago from the coast near Vancouver.

The California wildfires were among more than 50 uncontained fires in western states, according to the National Weather Service.

At Sheridan Lake Resort, 140 kilometres southeast of Williams Lake, owner Dave Carswell said some of the guests in his 90-stall RV campground reported heavy smoke was making it hard to breathe.

But with only one highway in and out of the resort, they were advised not to leave this morning due to fires burning alongside the road.

Scott said an initial assessment tallied 170 power poles, 93 cross arms, 90 spans of wire and 29 transformers have been damaged, "and we actually expect these numbers are going to continue to rise", she noted.

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