Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 2:45 AM ET

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National Audio 2:45 AM ET

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NAT001 - (Wildfires-BC) VANCOUVER. x-35s. (Terri Theodore) Strong winds fanned B-C's wildfires over the weekend, forcing thousands of people in the central Interior to leave their homes. (WA) (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

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NAT002 - (Wildfires-BC) VICTORIA. x-19s Environment Canada has issued a special smoky skies alert for a large swath of B-C because of smoke coming from the wildfires. The advisories cover from the Peace River in the north to the Canada-U-S border, with the exception of coastal B-C. Deputy provincial health officer Doctor Bonnie Henry says residents need to use extra caution. ("..if you can.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Henry says being forced to leave is also very difficult on peoples' mental health, and the province is deploying a team of health experts to help support fire evacuees.

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NAT003 - (Wildfires-BC) KAMLOOPS. x-18s. The number of British Columbia residents forced to leave their homes as wildfires rage across the province's interior is nearing 37-thousand. Transportation Minister Todd Stone says everyone is thinking about the evacuees. ("..they go back.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: Stone says they'll try to ensure that every person forced from their home has what they need to get them through the crisis. About 15 of the more than 160 fires burning in the province are threatening communities.

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NAT004 - (Wildfires-BC) KAMLOOPS. x-21s. The conditions are perfect for a terrible forest fire season in B-C. Nearly 37-thousand people have already been evacuated from their homes as 15 wildfires encroach on communities in the southern and central Interior. B-C Transportation Minister Todd Stone says the fire situation isn't likely to improve much this week. ("..advanced notice.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

TAG: A fast-moving fire in Lake Country in the Okanagan Valley consumed eight homes over the weekend. …

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