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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

Wildfire
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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Wind Could Significantly Raise Levels on Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba: Province

Wind Could Significantly Raise Levels on Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba: Province

Lake Winnipeg
Beach and dock along shores of Lake Winnipeg (FILE)

WINNIPEG — The Hydrologic Forecast Centre of Manitoba Infrastructure is reporting a strong wind-effect warning for the South Basin of Lake Winnipeg and south Lake Manitoba areas Friday afternoon and Saturday.

“Wind speed and direction could raise levels by as much as three to five feet with the highest setup occurring as a result of the strongest winds,” the centre said in a release. “In addition, these winds can result in significant wave action on shorelines.”

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Hazardous Conditions Caused by Climate Change Put Arctic Research Study on Ice

Hazardous Conditions Caused by Climate Change Put Arctic Research Study on Ice

By John Cotter, The Canadian Press

Climate Change
The port of La Scie, N.L. is shown in a handout photo taken from the CCGS Amundsen helicopter on June 8, 2017. An Arctic climate change study has been cancelled because warming temperatures have filled the sea off northern Newfoundland with hazardous ice. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-David Barber)

An Arctic climate change study has been cancelled because warming temperatures have filled the sea off northern Newfoundland with hazardous ice up to eight metres thick.

Instead of cruising north with a team of scientists, the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen has been busy freeing fishing boats and helping other ships surrounded in ice that usually doesn’t travel so far south at this time of year.

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Dry Weather Prompts Request to Slow Water Flow in Southern Manitoba

Dry Weather Prompts Request to Slow Water Flow in Southern Manitoba

By The Canadian Press

Water

ALTONA, Man. – Thousands of people in south-central Manitoba are being asked by authorities with a water distribution system to slow the flow as hot, dry weather drives up the need for moisture.

The private, not-for-profit Pembina Valley Water Co-operative Inc., says in a statement posted on its website that demand for water is outstripping the supply for its treatment plant at Letellier, south of Winnipeg.

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Dry, Hot Weather Elevating Manitoba’s Wildfire Risk

Dry, Hot Weather Elevating Manitoba’s Wildfire Risk

Forest Fire

WINNIPEG — Hot, dry and windy weather conditions have raised wildfire danger in the province, with many burning permits cancelled in central and eastern Manitoba.

Manitoba Sustainable Development and the Office of the Fire Commissioner are warning Manitobans to exercise extreme caution this weekend during any outdoor activities.

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Winnipeg Blanketed by Mid-April Snow on Saturday

Winnipeg Blanketed by Mid-April Snow on Saturday

April Snow
Snowfall accumulation is expected to be about two centimetres in Winnipeg on Saturday. (JOHN ERWIN / @CANWXCHASER / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — Hopefully, you haven’t changed out your winter tires just yet.

Winnipeg woke up on a Saturday in mid-April to falling flakes mixed with rain, which later just turned into a steady stream of snow falling to the ground. Spring, right?

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Northern Manitoba Official Says Town Looked Like Moon After Days Long Blizzard

Northern Manitoba Official Says Town Looked Like Moon After Days Long Blizzard

By The Canadian Press

Polar Bear
A polar bear is seen walking across the street in Churchill Man. in this file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

CHURCHILL, Man. — When the sun finally broke through a blizzard that lasted three days in a northern Manitoba town, a local leader said it looked like the moon.

Churchill declared a state of local emergency on Friday after about 60 centimetres had fallen since earlier in the week, driven by wind gusts of up to 120 km/h.

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