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Western Canada fires force tens of thousands from homes

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 01:05

Hundreds of dangerous wildfires have forced thousands from their homes in British Columbia, which has declared a state of emergency to deal with the crisis. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Nearly 40,000 people have been forced from their homes in communities northeast of Vancouver, as firefighters struggle to combat fires that are spreading rapidly. Many have fled to the city of Kamloops, which has been taking in evacuees, like Gary Bennet. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GARY BENNET, EVACUEE, SAYING: "Those flames are like 30 feet high and I thought I actually wasn't going to get out that one time because it was all around me But authorities say Kamloops may quickly become overwhelmed by those in need of shelter. (pause) More than 150 fires are now burning across central and southern British Colombia. The provinical government says much needed help is coming from Australia and Canada's military is deploying resources. The flames have scorched a vast area, with high temperatures and winds adding to the challenge for firefighters. British Columbia has declared its first state of emergency since 2013... and has announced $100 million in emergency funds. But with tens of thousands affected, it's unclear whether that will be enough.

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Western Canada fires force tens of thousands from homes

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 01:05