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BC wildfire status: List of latest evacuation orders

Canada is deploying military aircraft and Australia is sending 50 firefighters to battle rapidly spreading wildfires in British Columbia that have forced 39,000 people from their homes, federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says.She added that the fire was advancing rapidly because of the temperature, dry wood and grass and the topography of the region.Health officials say there has been an increase in hospital visits for asthma, approximately double the typical amount of visits this time of year.Initially, they planned that Williams Lake residents would go north to Prince George, but Richmond said flames crossed that highway, and the majority of evacuees were diverted south towards Kamloops.A fire near the Northern California town of Oroville, which drove 4,000 people from their homes was 70 percent contained late Wednesday, allowing all residents there to return.”I’m not too anxious”, Mr. Baker said.”It makes it hard to fight fire [while] now everyone is safe, so [authorities] have given many warnings and evacuation orders so we can eliminate the threat, get us there And work well without worrying about people in the neighborhood”.The province has already installed a sweeping campfire ban, and implemented an “extreme” fire rating, but fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says there are other ways humans can spark a wildfire.”We want to have other options available to take a little bit of the strain off the supports that are available in Kamloops but no one is going to be turned away, we are going to be looking after everyone”, Stone said. It took him nearly 12 hours to reach Kamloops from Williams Lake – “bumper to bumper the whole way”, he said.$81 million: Money B.C. has spent fighting fires.There were 159 fires across the province in an area between 150 km (95 miles) to 350 km (217 miles) northeast of Vancouver, including 17 new ones, although the total numbers were down slightly from 162 on Sunday, Skrepnek said.Sharman, meanwhile, said he is staying put in Williams Lake.Alek Sharman, whose family owns Tim Hortons in Williams Lake, said just before 7 p.m. that residents were being told there is no immediate danger to the city.”I have a hell of a time getting in and out of these beds, but it’s ideal for a situation like this”, she said.It is one of 11 reception centres opened so far across British Columbia.Gary Bennett has been living a life of solitude in Williams Lake, B.C., for almost two years, but one of the draw backs to his lifestyle is that he doesn’t have a vehicle or anyone to give him a ride.