California battling several large wildfires that forced out residents

BC Hydro said the fires have caused significant damage to electrical infrastructure in the Interior and have left thousands without power.

Timber and brush parched from a years-long dry spell and thick grass that grew after drought-busting winter downpours are making for early and unpredictable wildfire behavior that California officials haven't seen for years, if at all. Children at summer camps were briefly trapped before being moved to safety.

The companies said the facilities were shut due to evacuation orders and nearby fires, although the sites themselves were not burned. Last month the countries recalled diplomats, suspended all flights and ordered all Qataris to repatriate within 14...

The fire is now estimated at about 1,500 hectares.

Glen Burgess of the BC Forest Service said he was optimistic about the progress made on the 150 Mile fire, particularly in the residential areas.

"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.

The fires have left thousands without power, according to BC Hydro and Power Authority, one of the province's electricity distributors, which said it had 100 crews working to fix electrical infrastructure. For individuals living in areas with poor air quality, you may want to consider staying indoors when possible, use air purifiers and if asthmatic, keep inhalers handy. "I'm anxious that if my home burns - I'm 44 years old". What do I do for clothing? "Do I have a future in this town?"

Cal Fire said fire crews' activity has reduced significantly as firefighters continued to improve fire line.

The scorching weather comes after California's prolonged drought emergency was declared officially over in April.

Major pipeline companies in western Canada created fire breaks, installed sprinklers and took other measures to protect operations as raging wildfires spread to more than 38,000 hectares (93,000 acres) in British Columbia.

Thousands of firefighters are on the scene of wildfires across California, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

Winds out of the southeast are pushing the fire away from Santa Barbara and toward Santa Ynez, authorities said.

The fires, which have scorched about 400 square kilometres of land, are being fought by some 1,000 B.C. firefighters, with about 300 colleagues and support staff arriving from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick. It was only 11 percent contained by Tuesday.

If the fires continue to grow, however, it can get more hard to make up lost production, he said.

The Farad Fire has burned about 500 acres in Sierra County, about 12 miles northeast of Truckee.

  • Rogelio Becker