Centre of British Columbia closed off to recreation because of fire danger

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Ultimately, Alphonse said staying was the right decision and it saved at least 10 homes.

(CNN) - CJ Summers described the fire that destroyed two of his family's barns like something out of an action movie.

Shutdowns due to forest fires are something that the industry expects, said industry analyst Keta Kosman, but the suddenness of the West Fraser and Tolko actions come at an inopportune time for the North American market.

Numerous same residents had also been forced to flee the possibility of spring flooding.

Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, says gusty winds and hot, dry conditions are expected to persist throughout the province over the next several days, meaning fire crews will not get a reprieve from the weather.

The fire, which was reportedly 17 percent contained, had burned more than 14,000 acres Tuesday, and smoke could be seen from up to 30 miles.

While winds will remain light overall, there is no sign of significant rain as temperatures trend upward this weekend in California.

Heather Williams, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said that so far this year about 68,000 acres (27,518 hectares) have burned in the state, more than double the total area that had been charred by the same time last year.

We are here to help residents and businesses in British Columbia who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires across the province.

Military assistance has been brought in to help the 1,000 fire personnel now fighting the fires, which are mostly in rural areas. Emergency Management BC worked with Public Safety Canada to pre-position transport aircraft and crews through a formal Request for Assistance. Evacuations are in effect for up to 10,000 residents in British Columbia, as 17 fires burn.

Andrew Hopkins, B.C. Red Cross communications advisory in Vancouver, said Wednesday that cash donations allow the Red Cross the flexibility to provide exactly what people need in the places they need it. In-kind donations can be hard to store and process.

The blaze, which started Saturday along Highway 154, has destroyed eight homes and 12 outbuildings south of Lake Cachuma, and prompted the evacuation of more than 3,500. "I said: 'Guys, you're not in any trouble". What do I do for food?

Wildfires have swept across wide areas of the western U.S. and Canada, destroying homes, forcing thousands to flee and temporarily trapping children and staff at a California camp ground.

The scorching weather comes after California's prolonged drought emergency was declared officially over in April.

A wildfire ignited by lightning in Canada's remote Yukon Territory has crossed the US border into Alaska, while another nearby fire in Alaska has crossed into Canada.

The Garza Fire burning east of Parkfield near the Monterey and Kings county line was visible in the northern part of SLO County on Monday night and caused people in the Paso Robles and Shandon areas to alert authorities. It was 60 percent contained.

The B.C. government has enacted a province-wide state of emergency.

Some of the firefighters working to contain that blaze were sent to nearby San Luis Obispo County when a fire broke out Sunday and threatened numerous structures near Santa Margarita.

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