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Canada Number of active wildfires in B.C. drops, one evacuation order lifted

20:27  24 july  2021
20:27  24 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

More than 1,400 properties ordered to evacuate in central B.C. due to wildfires

  More than 1,400 properties ordered to evacuate in central B.C. due to wildfires VANCOUVER — More than 1,400 properties in British Columbia's Cariboo region have been placed on evacuation order as wildfires rage across the province. The order from the Cariboo Regional District covers roughly 1,000 properties south of 100 Mile House and 482 properties in the Canim Lake area, with residents warned of "immediate danger" from wildfires. The District of 100 Mile House, roughly 200 kilometres north of Kamloops, has been placed under an evacuation alert, which means residents have been told they may have to leave their homes with little notice.

VANCOUVER — The BC Wildfire Service says there are 258 wildfires currently burning in the province.

a view of a large mountain in the background © Provided by The Canadian Press

That's down from 275 fires reported in its last update Friday, and down from about 300 earlier in the week.

There are 57 evacuation orders in place, down one from Friday afternoon, affecting nearly 5,000 properties.

Another nearly 16,500 properties, more than 1,000 fewer than the previous day, were on evacuation alert, meaning residents have been told to be ready to leave on short notice.

There are 3,320 firefighters and other personnel working to fight the blazes, including 94 from out of province.

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth is set to hold a news conference welcoming 100 firefighters arriving in B-C from Mexico today.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 24, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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