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Thousands flee wildfires in California; Canada blazes grow

Thousands flee wildfires in California; Canada blazes grow”

"I prayed that if I didn't die I would go to church and right when I prayed the firefighters came", Madere said.

Fire officials told the Santa Maria Times the focus Saturday would be on structure defense, with five helicopters and four fixed-wing air tankers making air drops. "We get fires and we get flooding".

CNN affiliate KEYT tweeted a video taken from inside a vehicle driving through the smoke.

NBC affiliate KSBY of Santa Barbara.

Thousands of firefighters are working to extinguish 14 different fires across California. It's 60 percent contained and firefighters have stopped the fire's spread.

The flames burnt several recreational areas such as Camp Whittier and Lake Cachuma, forcing visitors to abandon tents, RVs and boats.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the county, saying that critical infrastructure had been destroyed and that the fire was beyond was local personnel could handle.

While the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, officials on Twitter said it was zero percent contained as of late Saturday. One structure was destroyed and more than 130 others were threatened, prompting close to 200 homes to evacuate.

"Firefighters are continuing to establish and maintain control lines and reduce the threat of property damage".

The CBC reports, "Around a dozen wildfires of concern were listed Sunday morning, burning through more than 15,500 hectares of land and threatening buildings in the Interior and Cariboo".

Schaeffer fire: Lightning sparked this fire in the Sequoia National Forest.

Elsewhere, fires are also burning in Colorado, Arizona, Oregon and Nevada.

When Chuck Wilsey was ordered to flee over the weekend as a wildfire roared near his ranch home in Oroville, he was ready.

Hot and dry conditions in the West are feeding wildfires in the USA and Canada, prompting evacuation orders for thousands of people.

More than 3,500 people had fled the Whittier fire in Santa Barbara County that started on Saturday afternoon as temperatures hit a sizzling 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius), officials said.



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