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Manitoba First Nation Evacuated Because of Smoke from Nearby Forest Fire

Manitoba First Nation Evacuated Because of Smoke from Nearby Forest Fire

By The Canadian Press

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POPLAR RIVER, Man. – The Canadian Red Cross says smoke from a wildfire in central Manitoba near Poplar River First Nation has forced people to leave their homes.

According to the organization, First Nation officials and the federal government decided that members of the community whose health would be impacted by the smoke should leave their homes immediately.

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B.C. Considers Closing Wide Swath of Backcountry Because of Wildfire Risk

B.C. Considers Closing Wide Swath of Backcountry Because of Wildfire Risk

By The Canadian Press

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Smoke from wildfires burning in central British Columbia hangs in the air as a seaplane prepares to land on the harbour near the bulk carrier Nanakura, in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday August 10, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – A mix of dry conditions and forecast lightning has officials in British Columbia considering closing access to a vast section of its backcountry to mitigate the wildfire risk.

Restrictions on access to all Crown land in the Cariboo fire centre would go into effect at noon on Friday as the province continues to battle what Premier John Horgan has said is the worst fire season since the 1950s. A final decision was scheduled to be made Friday morning.

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Hot, Dry Conditions See 28 New Wildfire Starts in Less Than Two Days in B.C.

Hot, Dry Conditions See 28 New Wildfire Starts in Less Than Two Days in B.C.

By The Canadian Press

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Smoke from wildfires fills the air and burned trees are seen in this aerial view from a Canadian Forces Chinook helicopter near Williams Lake, B.C., on Monday, July 31, 2017. A combination of lightning and tinder-dry conditions has led to more than two dozen new wildfires starting in British Columbia over a two-day period. Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service said the majority of the 17 fires that started Monday were the result of lightning. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A combination of lightning and tinder-dry conditions has led to more than two dozen new wildfires starting in British Columbia over a two-day period.

Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service said the majority of the 17 fires that started Monday were the result of lightning.

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Stolen Hoses, Pump Frustrate Crews Fighting Wildfires Across B.C.

Stolen Hoses, Pump Frustrate Crews Fighting Wildfires Across B.C.

By The Canadian Press

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A helicopter lands while battling a wildfire burning on the top of a mountain near Ashcroft, B.C., on Monday, July 10, 2017. Crews battling aggressive wildfires across British Columbia have been faced with hot weather and difficult conditions, but officials say the theft and damage of equipment is the most frustrating challenge yet. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

VICTORIA – Crews battling aggressive wildfires across British Columbia have been faced with hot weather and difficult conditions, but officials say the theft and damage of equipment is the most frustrating challenge yet.

RCMP spokeswoman Dawn Roberts said the force is investigating a number of thefts and acts of mischief related to fire suppression, including incidents targeting local fire stations and trucks used in fighting the wildfires.

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B.C. Wildfire Season Worst in Six Decades, Still Far from Over: Official

B.C. Wildfire Season Worst in Six Decades, Still Far from Over: Official

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press

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A wildfire is seen from a Canadian Forces Chinook helicopter as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau views areas affected by wildfire near Williams Lake, B.C., on Monday July 31, 2017. British Columbia is experiencing its most destructive wildfire season in 60 years.Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service says 4,910 square kilometres of forest, brush and grassland have been torched, making this year the second worst in recorded history in terms of land lost. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

VANCOUVER – This year’s wildfire season has become British Columbia’s worst in six decades, and a provincial spokesman says the action is far from over.

Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service said Thursday that 4,910 square kilometres of forest, bush and grassland have been torched, making 2017 the second worst year in recorded history in terms of land destroyed.

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Prime Minister Trudeau Thanks Crews for Efforts Fighting B.C. Fires

Prime Minister Trudeau Thanks Crews for Efforts Fighting B.C. Fires

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his daughter Ella-Grace meet firefighters, members of the Canadian Forces and RCMP officers in Williams Lake, B.C., on Monday July 31, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a helicopter tour of British Columbia’s charred landscape Monday left him awed by the destructive force of wildfires burning across the province and impressed by the extraordinary determination of firefighters battling the flames.

Trudeau said he saw ranches in the Cariboo region surrounded by scorched earth and evidence of flames stopping just short of a runway.

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Banff’s Sunshine Village Closes Again as Fire on Alberta-B.C. Boundary Rages

Banff’s Sunshine Village Closes Again as Fire on Alberta-B.C. Boundary Rages

By The Canadian Press

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A helicopter is used to battle a wildfire burning on the top of a mountain near Ashcroft, B.C., on Monday, July 10, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

BANFF, Alta. – A wildfire burning on the Alberta-B.C. boundary has caused a resort in Banff National Park to close indefinitely.

Sunshine Village, a popular ski hill that has summer hiking trails, says it’s moving lodge guests and staff to the town of Banff.

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Wildfire Forces Evacuations, Threatens Structures Near Kamloops, B.C.

Wildfire Forces Evacuations, Threatens Structures Near Kamloops, B.C.

By The Canadian Press

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A helicopter is used to battle a wildfire burning on the top of a mountain near Ashcroft, B.C., on Monday, July 10, 2017. For the first time in days, a new evacuation order has been issued for homes near one of the scores of wildfires raging in British Columbia. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A rapidly-moving wildfire has forced people to flee dozens of properties east of Kamloops, B.C.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation order for 39 properties in Monte Lake Wednesday night, saying a fire burning in the area posed an “imminent threat” to people and property.

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Vehicle Catches Fire at Birds Hill Park

Vehicle Catches Fire at Birds Hill Park

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Smoke billows at Birds Hill Park as firefighters extinguish a vehicle fire on Sunday, July 23, 2017. (CHRISD.CA)

Plumes of black smoke were sent billowing into the air at Birds Hill Park Sunday afternoon after a vehicle caught fire.

The blaze began in a sedan at around 5 p.m. in the East Beach parking lot, quickly spreading to three other vehicles.

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