The area of Boston Flats, British Columbia, after a wildfire ripped through the area earlier in the week. British Columbia officials are bracing for a lengthy wildfire season as hundreds of blazes burn across the province with no reprieve in sight.
The area of Boston Flats, British Columbia, after a wildfire ripped through the area earlier in the week. British Columbia officials are bracing for a lengthy wildfire season as hundreds of blazes burn across the province with no reprieve in sight. Jonathan Hayward

Hundreds of fires rip through Canada, US

HUNDREDS of wildfires, many of them major and out of control, are burning across dry terrain in Canada and the western US, sparked by lightning, whipped by strong winds and fuelled by temperatures in the 40s.

Firefighters have been battling some fires for a week, trying to stop them spreading towards populated areas.

The US National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings, signalling critical conditions for six states.

The fires follow $350 million in proposed cuts to the US Forest Service's wildfire fighting initiatives, as well as a 23% reduction of federal funding for volunteer fire departments around the nation, in the Trump budget before Congress.

Wildfires are burning in California, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Oregon and Washington. States of emergency have been declared and people are being evacuated from their homes.

Some fires are threatening a pipeline that takes 300,000 barrels a day of oil from Canada on its way to the US.

Fires have disrupted operations at many mines, threatening employees' homes and forcing staff evacuations.

Officials say bringing the fires under control is a long way off.



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