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Most evacuees from California fires return home

Most evacuees from California fires return home”

At least four people have been injured and more than 40 buildings damaged or destroyed by the California wildfire, with another 5,500 buildings in harm's way, according to state fire officials.

The fire has burned 9 square miles (23 square kilometers).

Firefighters are battling blazes across the U.S. West and in Canada.

At least 20,000 people are now under evacuation orders or alerts in the Cariboo Regional District.

- Last year, a total of 6,986 fires had burned 565,070 acres throughout the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Milloy says officials will always try to save human lives, but the effort can sometimes drain resources needed elsewhere.

The new personnel come from all across the country and are here to help the province's quickly tiring fire crews.

Evacuees who are staying in communities from Kamloops to Vancouver can't return home yet, Day said, as hot spots and a fire near Cache Creek remain a cause for concern.

Western Canada is also seeing its share of wildfires.

"This predicted weather has the potential to push fires from the west of Williams Lake towards the city at a rapid pace", the city said in a statement released Monday evening.

The huge area of the blaze, referred to as the Alamo Fire, spread to nearly three times its previous size as it engulfed 19,000 acres on the border of the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties on Saturday, according to Reuters.

Most evacuees from California fires return home

While fire activity has ramped up in the past few weeks, Skrepnek said, 2017 is not an unusual intense fire season.

He says no injuries have been reported.

Authorities said the fire sent hundreds of people fleeing from their homes.

"British Columbians are always quick to open their hearts and homes to help those in times of great need", says Coast Capital President and CEO Don Coulter.

The area burning is southeast of Oroville, near where 200,000 residents downstream from the 770-foot-high Oroville Dam were briefly evacuated in February when the structure's spillways began crumbling. It's 50 percent contained.

"I don't know what's worse — fire, or water — it's a toss-up", Wilsey, 53, told The Associated Press after returning to his home on Monday afternoon.

One of them, just east of San Jose, destroyed two homes before its growth was stopped.

Manitoba firefighters are on their way to combat the out-of-control wildfires in British Columbia's interior.

At least 60 campers majority of them children were evacuated from the Circle V Ranch in Santa Barbara County, Gina DePinto, county spokeswoman tells CNN.

To the south a 17-square-mile (44-square-kilometer) wildfire is 25 percent contained.



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