Weather improvement for BC wildfires, but crews brace for lightning, wind


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Imperial Metals says numerous roads used to access the site have been closed and if critical supplies such as fuel are no longer available, the mine may suspend operations altogether.

Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service says most people heed evacuation orders, but some do stay behind to fight the fires themselves.

They believe many evacuees have not yet registered with the Red Cross.

"I don't know what's worse - fire, or water - it's a toss-up", Wilsey, 53, said after returning to his home Monday afternoon.

McGarry said in her statement that Ontario's wildland fire risk has been assessed and there are the needed resources at hand "to ensure the necessary assistance for communities should we start to experience an escalating situation here in Ontario".

Others were not as lucky.

Images from the region show burned-out homes, cars and belongings. There are 10,000 people on evacuation alert there.

The fires have disrupted timber and mining operations, damaged a regional electric utility and forced more than 14,000 people from their homes in the interior of the province. A path toward Santa Ynez has already burned, which is helping firefighters contain parts of the fire.

Firefighters are battling blazes across the U.S. West and in Canada.

"It's hard, it's rough", she said.

"It made a huge run last night", fire spokeswoman Mary Ann Aldrich said.

4 people have been injured in the fire.

A wildfire ignited by lightning in Canada's remote Yukon Territory has crossed the USA border into Alaska, while another nearby fire in Alaska has crossed into Canada.

Kelowna hasn't had to deal with a major fire problem, but the air is smoky, Patterson said.

Taseko Mines Ltd. vice-president Brian Battison told the Williams Lake Tribune that it was having similar issues at its Gibraltar mine near Williams Lake. Wilsey's home was far enough away that he didn't have to evacuate from the floods.

"Tl'etinqox experienced evacuations twice before and leaving the community caused even more stress and grief".

British Columbia has experienced hot, dry weather for the past three weeks. It's 60 percent contained.

The area burning was about 10 miles south of Oroville, where spillways in the nation's tallest dam began crumbling from heavy rains this winter and led to temporary evacuation orders for 200,000 residents downstream.

The town of Williams Lake in British Columbia's Cariboo region was put on evacuation alert Tuesday as wildfires burned across the heart of the Western Canadian province, Canada's public broadcaster CBC reported.

More than 200 large wildfires fueled by dry grass have forced thousands of residents to flee in the USA and Canada. Some residents were allowed back to the area to see what was left of their homes and were overcome by emotion.

Turner said the agency has been in regular contact with its counterpart in Alberta and has also closely studied reports that were written after the Fort McMurray fire to make sure applying lessons that were learned.

Wildfires burning around B.C.



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