August 4, 2009

Fire crews overwhelmed as B.C. fires expand

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Fire crews are feeling the heat as B.C. burns, forcing them to allow some fires to burn unchecked while they deal with others that are larger threats to communities, reports Rod Mickleburgh of the Globe and Mail. Authorities say existing fires have expanded thanks to wind, and between 100 and 150 new fires start each day. More than 5,300 citizens have evacuated so far. This year, fires came earlier than their usual August season, and fires and warnings cover almost all of British Columbia instead of just a few regions. More than 800 firefighters have been brought in from other provinces, and B.C. has not dismissed bringing in help from outside Canada.

– Emily Linroth

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