Nearly 40,000 Evacuated as Wildfires Rage Through British Columbia

The Boston Flats trailer park was destroyed by a wildfire in Boston Flats, British Columbia, Canada on Monday. Ben Nelms/Reuters
The Boston Flats trailer park was destroyed by a wildfire in Boston Flats, British Columbia, Canada on Monday.
Ben Nelms/Reuters

Wildfires are spreading rapidly across the Canadian province of British Columbia, so far eluding firefighters and forcing some 40,000 people from their homes. And with no rain in the forecast until Thursday, Canadian officials fear the fires currently raging will worsen before they can battle back the blazes.

In addition to the more than 3,000 fire personnel now fighting these fires, authorities have also requested the help of the military and even Australia. The British Columbia Wildfire Service says the country half a world away will be sending 50 wildfire personnel, “including a combination of officers and technical specialists.”

They are scheduled to arrive in Vancouver on Wednesday.

The service says the province’s fire centers are preparing for “an anticipated increase in fire starts over the next few days.”

Still, the service’s information officer, Kevin Shrepnek, tells the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that firefighters are “certainly seeing progress out there, despite the challenges. It’s hard progress to quantify.”

There have been no casualties reported from the fires, according to Reuters.

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SOURCE: NPR, Colin Dwyer