Wildfires in Canada, California force thousands to evacuate

Wildfires in Canada, California force thousands to evacuate

Wildfires in Canada, California force thousands to evacuate

Dense layers of new grass are providing a "fine fuel" for flames that then gain speed and intensity by moving through "standing dead fuel" made up of vegetation and trees that shriveled during the state's six-year drought, said Kathleen Schori with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Thoughts of the industry will surely be pointing back to the Fort McMurray wildfires, which cost insurers around $3.6 billion.

"The Coastal fire centre is not seeing the same level of activity as we are in the Cariboo fire centre", said Skrepnek, "but we are making sure we have the equipment".

"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. This includes the communities of Kamloops, 100 Mile House, Prince George, Williams Lakes and Quesnel. In Southern California, thousands of people remained out of their homes as a pair of fires raged at different ends of Santa Barbara County.

Emergency Management BC deputy minister Robert Turner said that the military is ready to help with evacuations should roads close down.

Walt Judas, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of B.C., said it's hard to say at this point how much damage the wildfires will inflict on the industry.

"We certainly apologize", Ranta added.

Today London Drugs expanded its collection of donations for the Red Cross from British Columbia and Alberta to chain-wide across Western Canada with all 80 London Drugs stores collecting donations to support in the aid of the more than 14,000 people evacuated due to the raging wildfires in British Columbia.

Almost 70 public parks were closed and campfires were banned provincewide, apart from Haida Gwaii and the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The province isn't likely to get a reprieve from the wildfires ravaging the B.C. interior any time soon, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

The BC Wildfire Service is also bringing in additional air support for its fleet of 32 contracted aircraft and almost 200 additional contracted helicopters that have already joined the fight. "Our thoughts are with them all and we hope these efforts will help to alleviate some of the challenges they are facing", said Michael Bonner, Senior Vice President and Regional Head, British Columbia and Yukon Division, BMO Bank of Montreal.

City of San Jose spokeswoman Cheryl Wessling says two homes have been destroyed by the fast-moving fire in the hills outside San Jose.

"The question is what happens longer term", he said.

By Laura Kane and Elizabeth Leighton in Vancouver, with files from Jennifer Graham in Regina. A previous version said firefighters and support staff were also coming from Nova Scotia.

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