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Clark announces $100M to help communities rebuild as wildfires burn across BC

Clark announces $100M to help communities rebuild as wildfires burn across BC”

Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Minister responsible for Emergency Management BC, announced the provincial state of emergency on July 7 to "ensure a co-ordinated response to the current wildfire situation and to ensure public safety". Ontario coordinates alongside other provinces through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, and is always ready to share expertise and resources with other jurisdictions.

"Today I contacted John Rustad, the minister in charge of firefighting operations, to offer my unqualified support for his efforts to confront this crisis".

"Yesterday there was a fair amount of smoke - so it's hard to see what's fire and what's not fire", said Coastal Fire Information Officer Donna McPherson.

No injuries or deaths were reported.

Officials were also investigating a small spot fire in Shawnigan Lake that was believed to be person-caused, but said it did not require a large response.

Firefighters in the air and on land prepared Sunday for another grueling battle with wildfires that have ravaged the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia (B.C.).

Richmond said that will allow crews and more equipment to come into the area to battle the wildfires and allow for people to leave the Williams Lake area if they need to. It had grown from 0.1 miles in size just before 2 p.m PDT (5 p.m EDT) to more than 2 miles two hours later and was listed as 5 miles in size late Friday afternoon.

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The B.C. government has declared a state of emergency after 56 wildfires were started on Friday, July 7.

The area evacuated is approximately 10 kilometres north of Princteon.

"Due to the extreme terrain out west, wildfires can be very intense", said Jim Karels, State Forester. "We want to be sure that affected residents have as much information as possible at this time in order to keep their families safe".

Downtown Los Angeles tied the 1954 record of 36C while the city's northwestern suburb of Woodland Hills reached a high of 42.7C, breaking the record of 42.2C set in 2006.

More than 900 personnel are deployed to fight the flames, which are being strengthened by hot and windy conditions.

The weather service attributed the heat wave to a "strong upper-level high-pressure system centered over the desert southwest".

"The Southeast Fire Centre is now experiencing dry conditions and fire danger ratings are generally "high" or "extreme" throughout the region", the media release said.



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