Monday, July 10, 2017

Thousands flee wildfires burning in the US and Canada

Wildfires barreled across the baking landscape of the western US and Canada, destroying a smattering of homes, forcing thousands to flee and temporarily trapping children and counselors at a California campground.

On Sunday, firefighters were contending with more than 200 wildfires burning in British Columbia that destroyed dozens of buildings, including several homes and two airport hangars.

The three biggest fires, which ranged in size from 14-20 square kilometres, had forced thousands of people to flee.

A combination of high temperatures and parched land has added to the difficulties of firefighters in California which is regularly hit by wildfires at this time of the year.

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