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Wildfires displace more than 37000 evacuees

18 Julio 2017, 07:47 | Azura Castelo

White Lake fire gives city a break for now Streets of Williams Lake mostly empty Angie Mindus Mon Jul 17th 2017 8:45pmNews

White Lake fire gives city a break for now		Streets of Williams Lake mostly empty
	Angie Mindus Mon Jul 17th 2017 8:45pmNews

Nearly 40,000 Canadians have fled their homes under threat of huge wild fires, with British Columbia facing its largest emergency evacuation ever, officials said Monday.

"All we need is a call from the OFC", he said Friday morning.

Many of Williams Lake's 11,000 residents had left voluntarily in recent days, however the order means thousands more will be headed to safety in Kamloops and other cities.

By the start of the weekend, the one highway running south was jammed with people fleeing the flames. She said buses were also sent to pick up those residents without access to vehicles.

There are evacuation centres set up in Kamloops, Prince George, Surrey and Chilliwack.


British Columbia has fostered a mutually beneficial wildfire management relationship with Australia for over 10 years and has a resource-sharing agreement in place with the State of Victoria.

She and the rest of her family took what they could before heading south. "Our new cabinet committee will work hard to address both the immediate and long-term needs of all the families, communities and businesses affected".

Other Facebook users offered up rooms, and in some cases entire houses, for evacuees to live in during the emergency.

"It's not illegal for them to stay", said Turner.

"Just as we have been very straightforward and forthcoming with John Horgan and his transition team with all of that information for the last couple weeks, we would hope that he would be as forthcoming in return", Stone said, adding that he sees no reason why that collaboration would not continue. Outside, volunteers handed out coffee, pastries, food vouchers and pet supplies; inside, hundreds of cots lay row upon row, available to evacuees on a first-come, first-serve basis.


There was even thought of evacuees who would be missing Sunday night's premiere of the seventh season of "Game of Thrones".

"When it is this hot and dry, and of course with these winds in the forecast, it just makes things all the more volatile", said Skrepnek.

"Our hearts go out to everyone who has been evacuated, the uncertainty that they feel".

"I know I speak for everyone in the province when I express my deep gratitude to those who are putting their lives on the line to fight these fires".

Around 3,000 firefighters from all over Canada, together with 200 helicopters and fire-fighting planes, were battling more than 150 blazes in British Columbia, several of which were raging out of control. Approximately 400 of them are from outside the province and on Tuesday, they'll be joined by an elite team of 20 frontline firefighters from Nova Scotia.




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