Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada
The province of British Columbia has declared a state of emergency, as wildfires burn out of control throughout most of the Interior. The wildfires burning out of control have prompted the evacuation of at least one airport, two hospitals, an entire town and hundreds more homes throughout the region.
The B.C. Wildfire Service said 138 new fires started throughout the province on Friday, many of them started by lightning.
One of the largest fires is near Ashcroft, a town in a dry grasslands area about 120 kilometres west of Kamloops. The fire quickly grew to more than 4,000 hectares from 50 hectares over the course of the day.