BC wildfire season hits 599 fires


The fires have left thousands without power, according to BC Hydro and Power Authority, one of the province's electricity distributors, which said it had 100 crews working to fix electrical infrastructure.

Firefighters have been battling some fires for a week, trying to stop them spreading towards populated areas.

Officials said the fire burned at least 200 acres.

Crews are making progress on that fire and two major blazes burning in Santa Barbara County.

In Southern California, at least 3,500 people evacuated as two fires raged at separate ends of Santa Barbara County.

The fight against a wildfire that temporarily forced the evacuation of hundreds of people near the resort town of Breckenridge, Colorado, is winding down.

Nearly all of Little Fort and the Dunn Lake area were ordered evacuated by Friday night, while the remainder of Little Fort north of Lemeiux Creek plus Hallamore Lake area were placed under an evacuation alert Friday evening, and then evacuated Saturday.

Pinal County authorities say the evacuations were lifted Sunday evening after crews stopped the growth of the fire, which has destroyed three homes.

In the hot, dry conditions over the weekend, thousands of Californians evacuated homes at risk from wildfires.

In Northern California, by late Wednesday afternoon firefighters had cut containment lines around more than half of the so-called Wall Fire, which has damaged or destroyed more than 100 structures, 44 of them homes, since it broke out last week. There's not much for which residents can return.

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All told, the series of fires sparked over the past week or so have burned almost 300 square miles (777 sq. kilometers) of mostly rangeland, primarily north of Interstate 80 from east of Winnemucca to west of Elko.

There was no word yet on the cause of the fire.

However, the blaze weakened significantly Monday and waves of the thousands of Oroville residents whose homes were evacuated at the fire's peak were being allowed to return. A very small percentage of the fire was able to be contained. It was 20 percent contained.

EnGold Mines Ltd has suspended all exploration in the region and Imperial Metals Corp said it had significantly reduced operations at one of its mines.

Wilsey returned to his ranch home in Oroville on Monday, relieved to learn it had been spared by the wildfire, just as he had stayed clear of troubles brought on by a damaged spillway at a nearby dam five months ago.

In northern California, a wildfire swept through grassy foothills in the Sierra Nevada and destroyed at least 10 structures and threatened more than 750 homes.

The Tabor Flats fire sparked by lightning on July 8 about 18 miles (29 kilometers) west of Wells was 95 percent contained with full containment expected by Thursday.

From there, they'll be sent to wherever their help is needed.

Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek said that 16 new fires were started on Wednesday. About 1,000 firefighters are now on the front lines.