Canada wildfires may spread: Officials

Dhaka,  Tue,  25 July 2017
Published : 10 Jul 2017, 13:03:58
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Canada wildfires may spread with more hot, dry weather 

Canada wildfires may spread: Officials
As the wildfires scattered across British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada, on Sunday, officials warned that they expect greater devastation with forecasts of more hot, dry weather over the coming week.

"Looking at the medley of forecasts out there, it's certainly not optimistic," British Columbia's chief fire spokesman Kevin Skrepnek said at a press briefing. 

"We are going to be at the mercy of the weather," Skrepnek said. 

The blazes took off on Friday when 138 fires started as electrical storms and brisk winds passed through the interior of the bone-dry province, which has not seen significant rains for weeks.

British Columbia declared its first state of emergency since 2003, evacuated an estimated 7,000 residents from the path of the wildfires and deployed some 1,600 personnel to respond to the fires.

Some 24,000 hectares (59,305 acres) were ravaged by wildfires as of midday Sunday, according to official tallies. Skrepnek said he believed the extent of the devastation was significantly higher.

"We pray for rain, but our prayers aren't always answered,” British Columbia Premier Christy Clark said.

She announced a C$100 million ($78 million) fund for victims that the Canadian Red Cross will administer, according to Reuters.
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