Western Canada wildfires prompt state of emergency, evacuations

Western Canada wildfires prompt state of emergency, evacuationsBy Dennis Owen KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA (Reuters) – Canada’s federal government on Saturday offered to help British Columbia in response to fast-spreading wildfires that forced thousands to evacuate their homes as hot, dry weather conditions prevented firefighters from controlling the blazes. Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a Tweet on Saturday that the government was closely monitoring the wildfires in the Western Canadian province. “Fed. government is ready to respond if we receive a request for assistance from the province,” Sajjan said some 12 hours after Western Canada’s British Columbia declared its first state of emergency in 14 years.



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