Key developments on Monday in British Columbia's wildfires

By The Canadian Press
July 10, 2017 - 4:15pm

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A look at some of the key developments Monday in the battle against wildfires in British Columbia:

— About 300 firefighters and support staff from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick started to arrive to help relieve B.C. crews.

— About 1,000 firefighters from B.C. have been involved in fighting the fires.

— Provincial authorities say more than 215 fires were burning, with 29 breaking out on Sunday.

— Fires have scorched about 400 square kilometres of land and more than 14,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.

— Four tonnes of supplies arrived from Fort McMurray, Alta., including wrapped and sealed water, Gatorade and baby supplies.

— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said B.C. requested 3,000 cots and 3,000 blankets from federal stockpiles, which have been delivered to Prince George.

— Canadian Armed Forces air support will be used for emergency evacuations and to move firefighters, emergency officials and equipment around the fire zone.

— BC Hydro reports significant damage to electrical infrastructure in the Interior.

— The largest blaze covered more than 60 square kilometres near Ashcroft, about 90 kilometres from Kamloops.

The Canadian Press

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