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Northern California Wildfire Leaves Path of Destruction Near Oroville

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Saul Franklin | 13 July, 2017, 00:31

At least 20 structures burned.

Aitken, a professor in forest and conservation sciences at the University of British Columbia, shot a video of the harrowing experience and posted it on social media.

BC Hydro crews on Vancouver Island have been pulled away to assist with the wildfire situation in B.C.'s Interior instead. Independent charging stations for people's electronic devices are also on route to the Kamloops and Prince George evacuation centres. We saw 488 new fires just last week, while statewide, with all departments reporting, we had 633 new fires.

The extremely dry and highly flammable debris left behind from logging can fuel fires that burn hot and spread quickly, easily escaping initial attacks.

More than 200 large wildfires fueled by dry grass have forced thousands of residents to flee in the USA and Canada.

"We have two fires burning near Williams Lake", says Skrepnek. When drivers come across heavy smoke, they should slow down, put their hazards on and keep driving, he said.

Wildfires are seen near 100 Mile House in British Columbia. They were among about 4,000 people evacuated as flames raced through grassy foothills in the Sierra Nevada, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Sacramento.

Land Resources Minister Steve Crocker said the online map will make the province's emergency response teams more efficient.

Wildfires in the interior region of the province have been burning since July 7, sparked by lightning in dry electrical storms.

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NJ Transit's Essex, Morris and Gladstone lines will be the most affected, as trains will be routed to Hoboken. "Whether it's Gov. Amtrak, which operates the station, had been planning to make repairs to tracks and switches over the next several years.

"We wish to thank all of the people working tirelessly to directly help everyone impacted by the wildfires", said Mahlman.

Authorities said at least 10 of more than 200 fires burning across the province were close to residential communities.

Adventure tour provider Duncan Stewart said he has been forced to cancel about 30 per cent of his backcountry camping and canoeing trips because of closures to parks such as Wells Gray Provincial Park _ he criticized the province as overly cautious in some instances.

For now, things are calm in his community, he said.

"As a city boy, I was not prepared", he said. "This is going to be the next couple of weeks, perhaps the rest of the summer".

They made a decision to leave after they lost power and smoke from nearby wildfires began to grow thicker.

Emergency Management BC says at least 14,300 people have been evacuated so far but that number is probably low. Four emergency experts are arriving from Alberta to help with planning, while Canadian Armed Forces aircraft helicopters were on standby if airlifts are needed, he said.

Norbord isn't new to experiencing fires - a blaze raged through the company's Alberta OSB plant in 2016.

Wilsey was already making new plans in case the fire makes another run at them. She initially went to 100 Mile House to stay with her parents, but had to leave Sunday when that town was evacuated, too.

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