Thousands are evacuated from their homes as wildfires rage across the western US and Canada

Sunday, July 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

Near Oroville, California, a fire grew to more than seven square miles and was 20 per cent contained
In British Columbia, some 180 wildfires raged, prompting the evacuation of 3,000 households and the province’s first state of emergency in 14 years
A wildfire in southern Wyoming grew to three square miles
Wildfire near the Los Padres National Forest burned at least 4.7 square miles and was 10 per cent contained
Another in Southern California burned at least 200 acres and temporarily trapped about 90 children and 50 camp counselors at the Circle V Ranch
Residents of nearly 500 homes outside the ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado, were allowed to return home Friday night
An evacuation order over Landusky, Montana, was lifted on Saturday

DailyMail.com
9 July 2017

Wildfires continued to barrel across the baking landscape of the western US and Canada, destroying several homes and forcing thousands to flee from areas of British Columbia, California and Wyoming.

As the fires continued to blaze across the west, evacuation orders were lifted in areas of Montana and Colorado where wildfires had burned previously.

In Northern California, a Butte County wildfire swept through grassy foothills and destroyed 10 structures, including homes, and led to several minor injuries.

Burned-out pickup trucks were left in ashes, surrounded by charred, leafless trees. The metal frame of a mobile home and a vintage stove were left standing in scorched debris at one site.

The blaze about 60 miles north of Sacramento grew rapidly to more than seven square miles and was 20 per cent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The area burning was about 10 miles south of Oroville, where spillways in the nation’s tallest dam began crumbling from heavy rains this winter and led to temporary evacuation orders for 200,000 residents downstream.

On Saturday, authorities issued an evacuation for about 250 homes threatened by the fire.

After five years of severe drought, California got a big break with record rainfall and snowpack in parts of the state this year that has delayed the start of fire season in some places, but has also led to explosive vegetation growth that could fuel future fires.

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One Response to “Thousands are evacuated from their homes as wildfires rage across the western US and Canada”

  1. Robert Edward Lee

    Is it possible to “manage / control / adjust” much of our forest areas in a way that we can 90 % prevent raging uncontrollable fires ?

    #3295683

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