Hundreds of fires rip through Canada, US

13 July, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Gladys Mathis
  • British Columbia braces for more wildfires

According to BC Emergency Management deputy minister Robert Turner, there are now 14,365 evacuees across B.C. Several evacuation orders and alerts have been issued in the past few days; most notably in 100 Mile House and Williams Lake.

There have been no new fire starts of significance over night or through the morning.

Military assistance has been brought in to help the 1,000 fire personnel now fighting the fires, which are mostly in rural areas.

Enbridge did not specify which pipeline system the station was on, saying only that it was in the affected area, a region ranging from 150 km (95 miles) to 350 km northeast of Vancouver where more than 200 fires were burning. Kinder Morgan's pipeline, which carries 300,000 barrels a day of crude oil and refined fuels from neighboring Alberta to the Vancouver area for export to the US, also passes through the region.

At the time of evacuation, the mill was secure. It hasn't disclosed the cost per day of the shutdown, Lampard said.

Logging contractor John McNeil's crews have been double-shifting since late last week, when they can, cutting fire breaks around the mills and northeast boundary of 100 Mile House, instead of stacking up timber for his employer.

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. Fraser has an annual production capacity of around 800 board feet of lumber and 270 million square feet of plywood. Plant managers are going to be meeting daily to assess the situation and determine when they will resume operations. On Monday, the company had said the blazes were in the "vicinity" of the pipeline. Polley and its gold mine in the Williams Lake area.

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An emergency reception centre has been established at Lake City Secondary (Carson Campus) and any persons self-evacuating should report to this centre.

Imperial Metals Inc has significantly reduced operations at its Mt.

The wildfires ripping through British Columbia's Interior are beginning to exact an economic toll, forcing companies in the forestry and mining sectors to scale back or suspend operations altogether.

Economic impact, or not? Wilsey's home was far enough away that he didn't have to evacuate from the floods.

But with so many people living in or near wooded areas on Vancouver Island, one of the greatest risks is interface fires, which means even small fires can threaten homes and even lives.

At a local assistance center, resident Carolyn Opalenik said her house had been destroyed.

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