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Hundreds of fires rip through Canada, US


Our emergency services staff have been working long days and nights to ensure that everyone who has been forced to evacuate is taken care of. Authorities surveying the damage said at least 41 homes and 55 other buildings had been destroyed near the town of Oroville. This fire had spread to over 37 square miles and had affected the dwellings of hundreds of people.

There are 1,800 people registered now, Turner said. US 50 remained open and no structures have been damaged, the BLM said.

Skrepnek said if an evacuation order goes into effect in Williams Lake, people will be sent north on Highway 97 to Prince George, but Canadian Armed Forces aircraft and helicopters are also standing by in case airlifts are necessary.

More than 14,000 people are now under evacuation orders as firefighters battle more than 231 wildfires covering 320 square kilometres in the province.

His crew was protecting about 50 homes at the time and was clearing out flammable items that could add fuel to 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.

"We're seeing more intense fires", Williams said by telephone.

According to media reports, the fires are beginning to take an economic toll on forestry, milling and mining operations.

Harrel says another Alaska wildfire triggered by lightning earlier this month several miles to the north crossed the border into Canada and is threatening an old historic settlement there.

He says the fire is burning in a remote area but has caused some rocks to fall.


He says no injuries have been reported.

The huge area of the blaze, referred to as the Alamo Fire, spread to nearly three times its previous size as it engulfed 19,000 acres on the border of the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties on Saturday, according to Reuters.

To the south a 17-square-mile (44-square-kilometer) wildfire is 25 percent contained. The fire burning in the Keystone area of Medicine Bow National Forest began July 3.

A small wildfire east of San Jose has destroyed three homes and forced evacuations.

The blaze, which was 24% contained, has scorched 18,666 acres of tall grass and brush in an area not easily accessible to firefighters, Cal Fire said.

"I don't know what's worse — fire, or water — it's a toss-up", Wilsey, 53, told The Associated Press after returning to his home on Monday afternoon. 55 other structures have been damaged or destroyed.

The blaze in the grassy foothills of the Sierra Nevada has burned almost 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) and injured four firefighters.

We need to continue to support those who have been evacuated in these hard times. With total assets of $719 billion as of April 30, 2017, and more than 45,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

There was minimal containment and flames shut down State Route 154, which is expected to remain closed for days.

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