Central Coast Burns as Blazes Continue

Central Coast Burns as Blazes Continue

Others have been evacuated or they're under evacuation alert.

Evacuation alerts and orders have already been issued for Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Princeton.

(CNN) - CJ Summers described the fire that destroyed two of his family's barns like something out of an action movie.

"That was very much a proactive step because of some of the weather we are expecting tomorrow... we have fires now in many directions around Williams Lake", said Skrepnek. He and his brother were on the ranch when a fire traveled from the forest nearby, eventually igniting some of their property and destroying two of their barns.

No deaths were reported, but more than 10,000 residents had been forced from their homes by Tuesday morning as roughly 220 wildfires scorched tinder dry forests with about 17 of the blazes abutting several villages, towns and cities in the British Columbia (B.C.) Interior.

California officials said the extraordinarily wet winter caused thick spring blooms that are now dried out and burning, making for unpredictable fire behavior.

There have been 599 fires since the start of the wildfire season on April 1, at a cost estimate of $53.5-million, Mr. Skrepnek said. While a 15-square-mile fire is partially under control in Montana, hot, dry weather and thunderstorms are threatening.

As of Sunday, there were seven active wildfires in the Northwest Fire Centre, the largest of which covered seven hectares about 41 km south of Burns Lake, two km east of Takysie Lake.

On Friday, British Columbia declared its first state of emergency since 2003.

To report a fire, smoke columns, or wildfire violations, you can call the service directly at 1 (800) 663-5555, or text *5555 on your mobile device.

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There are hundreds of fires burning in British Columbia.

She says they are now being rerouted to Prince George instead of going south as they normally would, due to highway closures and forest fires.

Bob Turner of Emergency Management BC says they have received offers of support from 150 local fire departments, with 22 of them now deployed. What do I do for clothing?

In northern California, about 4,000 people evacuated and more than 7,000 were told to prepare to leave as fires burned in the Sierra Nevada foothills, about 60 miles north of Sacramento, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Wildfires have swept across wide areas of the western USA and Canada, destroying homes, forcing thousands to flee and temporarily trapping children and staff at a California camp ground.

More than 50 uncontained large fires are burning across the U.S. West.

"Most of my expertise is with structural fires, fortunately there's a great deal of experience in our group with wildland fires", Heppell said.

Effective Monday, July 10, all open fires - including campfires - are be prohibited throughout the Northwest Fire Centre's jurisdiction.

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