BC tourism takes hit from wildfires as provincial parks close

Canada wildfires force 14000 people from their homes

"We have no choice but to stay and fight back", said Alphonse. If the broker needs advice in a situation like this, they can get in touch too. Independent charging stations for people's electronic devices are also on route to the Kamloops and Prince George evacuation centres. "But we also need to keep in mind that fire behaviour is very unpredictable".

According to the province, while there are usually enough firefighters to go around, the 223 fires sparked between July 7-8 alone have necessitated bringing in more help.

Some of the fires were close to residential communities, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that 10 people had been arrested for breaking into buildings in areas that had been evacuated.

Help from other provinces and the federal government has begun to pour in for firefighters and thousands of evacuees grappling with more than 200 intense wildfires raging across British Columbia.

Glen Burgess of the BC Forest Service said he was optimistic about the progress made on the 150 Mile fire, particularly in the residential areas.

Another fire about 40 miles (64 km) to the southeast near Lake Cachuma forced the evacuation of thousands of campers, including some who left behind their trailers in a rush, and dozens of residents when it broke out on Saturday, officials said.

The company's mills near active fires "have staff and resources that are being deployed to protect our facilities and the community", the statement said.

Canada wildfires force 14000 people from their homes

During wildfire risk season from mid-March to mid-October, all domestic brush burning and campfires must adhere to daily burning restrictions in the province.

Adventure tour provider Duncan Stewart said he has been forced to cancel about 30 per cent of his backcountry camping and canoeing trips because of closures to parks such as Wells Gray Provincial Park _ he criticized the province as overly cautious in some instances.

"If it's not one thing, it's the other", she said with a laugh.

"I think people have to realize this is not going away on the weekend", said Horgan.

Bob Turner of Emergency Management BC said officials were planning ahead for the possibility of mass evacuations, including from Williams Lake.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he spoke with Premier Christy Clark as well as premier-designate John Horgan on Sunday night and the Canadian Armed Forces have sent aircraft and personnel to support the emergency response.

Norbord isn't new to experiencing fires - a blaze raged through the company's Alberta OSB plant in 2016. One of the links leads to an interesting paper titled Three Types of Horizontal Vortices Observed in Wildland Mass and Crown Fires, by Donald A. Haines and Mahlon C. Smith. "We appreciate the public's patience".

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