Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Wildfires)

Help from across Canada is beginning to pour in as firefighters battle more than 200 intense wildfires raging across B-C.

About 300 firefighters and support staff from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick are beginning to arrive to help relieve pressure on about one-thousand B-C crew members.

Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says B-C has also asked for air support from the Canadian Armed Forces for emergency evacuations and to move firefighters, emergency officials and equipment around the fire zone.

Provincial authorities say the fires have scorched about 400 square kilometres of land and more than 14-thousand people have been forced to leave their homes. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Wildfires-Evacuees)

An official at a Kamloops reception centre says terrified evacuees have been arriving there with nothing -- having lost everything in wildfires.

Christopher Seguin, who is vice-president of advancement at Thompson Rivers University, says residents of Fort McMurray have stepped up to help evacuees, sending tonnes of donated supplies to B-C.

He's thanking them for the donations, which include wrapped and sealed water, Gatorade and baby supplies.

Volunteers are making sure the Kamloops food bank receives and distributes the items sent from Fort McMurray, which was evacuated during a massive wildfire last year. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Wildfires-Economy)

Wildfires in B-C have prompted several forestry and mining companies to shut down or scale back operations.

Greg Munden -- who heads logging company Munden Ventures -- says his company is among dozens that have shut down harvesting operations in an area spanning from Merritt to Williams Lake.

A forestry company called Norbord also says it has shut down its wood panel mill in 100 Mile House and that all of the mill's workers managed to leave the area, with no reported injuries.

Meanwhile, Imperial Metals says it has significantly reduced operations at the Mount Polley open pit copper and gold mine in the Williams Lake area and may suspend operations altogether. …

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