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Thousands remain on evacuation alert in B.C. due to wildfires

  • THE LATEST:More than 2,000 people are preparing to evacuate at a moment's notice in the southern half of B.C., as persistent hot and dry conditions continue to challenge firefighters on Saturday.The Shetland Creek wildfire, which was fanned by winds and grew exponentially from Thursday to Friday, has led to hundreds of properties being put on evacuation order and thousands of people on evacuation alert — including the entire village of Ashcroft.In the southeast Interior, the Aylwin Creek fire an

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  • NewsCBC

    Smoky skies across much of B.C. as wildfires grow

    Approximately 2,000 people in the Village of Ashcroft have been told to be ready to leave their homes at a moment's notice, after an evacuation alert was put into place at noon Friday for the entire community, about 100 kilometres west of Kamloops.The warning comes with officials forecasting smoky skies across much of B.C. as over 300 fires burn across the province, with more expected in the days ahead.Cliff Chapman with the B.C. Wildfire Service (BCWS) said Thursday the province appeared to be

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  • NewsCBC

    47 new Alberta wildfires in last day as province swelters under heat

    Alberta Wildfire is reporting another 47 wildfire starts in the past 24 hours as 150 wildfires burn across the province.Of the fires burning within Alberta's wildfire protection areas, 51 are burning out of control, 34 are being held and 42 are under control. Much of Alberta remains under a heat warning as daytime highs are expected to reach between 28 and 36 C over the next seven to nine days.The fire danger is similarly elevated in many areas of the province, the majority falling under a very

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  • NewsThe Canadian Press

    Newfoundland wildfires force temporary shutdown of iron ore mines

    MONTREAL — Wildfires burning near Labrador City, N.L. have prompted mining companies in the area to temporarily halt operations. Over the weekend, Montreal-based Champion Iron Ltd. and Toronto-based Iron Ore Co. of Canada said they were temporarily shutting down their mining operations in response to forest fires burning just north of the locations. The Newfoundland government ordered residents of Labrador City to evacuate on Friday evening due to extreme fire activity. Labrador City is located

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  • NewsThe Weather Network

    Wildfires grow in Western Canada but sees brief relief from extreme heat

    Western Canada is experiencing a brief reprieve from the extreme heat but the relief will be minimal, with a continued concern over new wildfires sparking up

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  • NewsCBC

    Lightning sparks more wildfires in northern Alberta as firefighters face another tough day

    Slightly cooler temperatures are moving into central and northern Alberta where firefighters are still battling multiple out-of-control wildfires including several new ones in the Fort McMurray forest area caused by an overnight lightning storm.Officials with the ministries of Forestry and Parks and Public Safety and Emergency Services provided an update Thursday afternoon along with Alberta Wildfire. "Now, more than ever, it's crucial that Albertans exercise extreme caution to prevent further h

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  • NewsCBC

    Hundreds on evacuation alert as new wildfires sparked across B.C.

    THE LATEST:An evacuation order is in place for part of the district of Wells, south of Prince George. About 200 people are affected by a related evacuation alert.B.C. Parks has closed the Ancient Forest/Chun T'oh Whudujut Park east of Prince George due to wildfire risk.The province is seeking help from other regions to deal with dozens of new fires that have sparked in recent days.An evacuation alert remains in place for about 200 properties south of Dawson Creek and an order is still in place f

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  • NewsCBC

    Over 300 properties on alert as dozens of new B.C. wildfires burn

    More than 300 properties have been placed under an evacuation alert near Dawson Creek, B.C., as hot weather creates prime conditions for new wildfire starts.The Tupper Creek wildfire was discovered Tuesday and has grown to 1.2 square kilometres, roughly 20 kilometres south of Dawson Creek, near the B.C.-Alberta border.About 305 civic addresses are covered by the alert, according to Peace River Regional District director Ryan Kirkham.An alert means residents should be prepared to leave at a momen

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  • NewsCBC

    More wildfires are popping up in Labrador but fire crews are fighting to keep towns safe

    There were 13 wildfires in Labrador as of Wednesday afternoon. (Submitted by Jenny Gear)Fire crews are staying busy in Labrador, as they're battling more than a dozen active wildfires in the region.This week started with 11, but provincial forest fire duty officer Jeff Motty said recent lightning strikes made for a busy 48 hours. As of Wednesday afternoon the provincial forest fire online map showed 13 active fires. "Last night we were fortunate enough to get rain across most of Labrador. But th

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    Extreme drought is forcing Wood Buffalo National Park to more aggressively tackle wildfires

    Though their overall firefighting strategy hasn't changed, wildfire fighters in Wood Buffalo National Park are having to attack fires more aggressively than usual because of how dry and hot it is."That may look like we're putting out more fires than we have in previous years," said Alyssa Etsell, the fire information officer for the park. "But it is still following the same kind of strategies and responses that we [always] have."The park had an early start to fire season this year, Etsell noted,

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    Northern Alberta wildfires threaten Suncor Firebag site, community of Chateh

    Firefighters are preparing for a difficult weekend as wildfires threaten an oilsands production facility in northeastern Alberta and a small community in the northwest.Suncor Energy is curtailing production at its Firebag oilsands site in the Fort McMurray region as a precaution due to a wildfire burning nearby. Several wildfires in the area make up the Cattail Complex, but MWF047 is the largest wildfire of the group. It covers about 12,200 hectares and is classified as out of control. Melissa S

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