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Residents leave homes as Ontario forest fires burn

August 1, 2018 Gabriele Roy - THE CANADIAN PRESS

KILLARNEY, Ont. – While heavy grey smoke from a nearby forest fire hung in the air, Donna Butson packed a bag of clothes and walked in her backyard with tears running from her eyes. She is one of many residents

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Ontario wildfires rage as B.C. wildfire season ramps up

July 23, 2018 by David Gambrill

Insurers are monitoring about 75 wildfires in northern Ontario this that have resulted in mandatory evacuation orders or alerts in the cottage country districts of Parry Sound and Sudbury, among other areas. “Based on what we are seeing, there aren’t

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Evacuation orders and alerts expanded as wildfires spread

July 22, 2018 The Canadian Press

SUMMERLAND, B.C. – Evacuation orders and alerts have been expanded as several wildfires in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley chew through bush and timber. A 10-square-kilometre blaze burning just south of Peachland on the west side of Okanagan Lake prompted an

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B.C. homes on flood evacuation alert as dam weakens, water levels rise

April 17, 2018 The Canadian Press

OLIVER, B.C. – Flooding across the British Columbia Interior has washed out roads and put homes on evacuation alert. The Ministry of Transportation says Highway 33 from the Mission Creek Bridge to Kelowna is closed in both directions due to

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Huge wildfires in B.C. could smoulder until next spring, says official

September 1, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – A municipal leader in British Columbia’s central Interior says he wouldn’t be surprised if wildfires that have chewed through more than 10,600 square kilometres of woodland won’t be fully out until 2018. Chairman Al Richmond of

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Evacuees return home near Kelowna, B.C., as wildfire continues to burn

August 28, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KELOWNA, B.C. – Hundreds of people forced from their homes by a wildfire burning east of Kelowna, B.C., have been allowed to return, but others remain displaced. The Central Okanagan Regional District said an evacuation order for 263 properties was lifted Sunday morning and about 600 residents are now allowed to go home.
About 400 other residents remain under evacuation order due to the flames, and people who have been allowed to return will remain on evacuation alert, meaning they must be prepared…

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ICBC reports 124 claims and $500,000 in costs from wildfires to date

August 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) reported on Wednesday that it has received 124 claims to date, at a cost of $500,000, from the wildfires burning in the province. Most vehicle damage claims were related to extreme heat and smoke damage, with some vehicles even rendered as total losses, ICBC reported in a press release.
Recognizing that it is experiencing the “worst wildfire season in the province’s history,” ICBC added that it has made formal changes to its policies to reflect “these special circumstances for customers on evacuation…

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BC Wildfire Service says 19 fires burn together to create “largest wildfire in British Columbia’s history”

August 22, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Over 400 firefighters are working to contain the largest wildfire in British Columbia’s history. Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service said 19 fires merged in an area west of Quesnel in the Interior, creating a single

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Trans-Canada Highway closed as wildfire spreads west of Kamloops, B.C.

July 6, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – An out-of-control wildfire is burning through the Cherry Creek area west of Kamloops, B.C. The BC Wildfire Service says the 15-hectare fire has damaged one outbuilding and partially effected a residence in the area. Spokeswoman Justine Hunse

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Wildfire south of Penticton, B.C. forces evacuation order, alert

July 5, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

PENTICTON, B.C. – Fire crews appear to have the upper hand on a wildfire that roared to life Tuesday in the south Okanagan community of Kaleden, B.C. BC Wildfire Service spokeswoman Justine Hunse says the fire that has scorched 6.5

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Forecast thunderstorms add to flooding concerns across southern B.C.

May 31, 2017 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Residents in several areas of British Columbia are bracing for severe thunderstorms as another round of wicked weather bears down on flood-weary regions. Environment Canada has issued severe thunderstorm watches for areas including the Shuswap and Okanagan east

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Portions of south, central interior B.C. remain under evacuation alert or order after recent flooding

May 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Areas in the south and central interior of British Columbia remain under evacuation alert or evacuation order after recent flooding events and there is potential for increased snowmelt and further precipitation and flooding next week, the provincial Ministry of Transportation