Edition: India  
> >

Tens of thousands of people evacuated as wildfires continue to sweep across British Columbia

Duration: 00:59s - Published: < > Embed
News video: Tens of thousands of people evacuated as wildfires continue to sweep across British ColumbiaTens of thousands of people in the southwestern Canadian province of British Columbia have been evacuated as wildfires continue to sweep across the region. Canada has started to deploy military aircraft and 50 firefighters from Australia have been sent to try to contain and extinguish the flames around the Williams Lake area. But high winds and dry conditions have made the task increasingly difficult, with as many as 200 fires springing up over the weekend. Local governments issued more than a dozen evacuation notices increasing the number of evacuees from 14,000 to 39,000, most of them being forced into the city of Kamloops, almost 300 kilometers south. The entire province is under a state of emergency and campfires have been banned as government officials face an extended forecast of hot, dry weather with possible thunderstorms. British Columbia, which this month declared its first state of emergency since 2013, has announced C$100 million ( 68 million euros ) in emergency funds. The fires have been burning across an area ranging from 150 km (95 miles) to 350 km (215 miles) northeast of Vancouver and have affected public utilities and industries including timer and mining. Disruptions were expected to tighten the supply of wood products and raise prices. In 2016, forest fires in Fort McMurray in neighboring Alberta province displaced 88,000 people and burned 590,000 hectares.

Share on
Share on
Post on 
Share by

Recent related news

Battling Wildfires in British Columbia

More than 40,000 people have been displaced by wildfires in the western Canadian province of British...
NYTimes.com - Americas

Canada announces aid for evacuees as fires continue to blaze

As forest fires raged in western Canada, the provincial government extended a state of emergency and...
DNA - World

Canada musters military to fight wildfires as 39,000 evacuated

Canada was deploying military aircraft and Australia was sending 50 firefighters to battle rapidly...
DNA - World

Canada fires drive thousands more out of their homes

Thousands of people fled their homes in western Canada over the weekend as strong winds fanned forest...
DNA - World

Forced evacuation of 36,000 people in Canada over forest fire outbreak

*Moscow [Russia], July 17 (ANI): Massive forest fires forced evacuation of total of 36,000 people in...
ANI News - Asia-Pacific

State of emergency in British Columbia extended as wildfires rage

British Columbia's government took the unprecedented step on Wednesday of extending a state of...
DNA - World

You Might Like

Environmentally friendly: newsR is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2017 newsR / One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.  |  About us  |  Disclaimer  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Privacy Policy  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  Help  |  Contact us  |  DMCA / Content Removal
How are we doing? Send us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter