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‘We’re not leaving’: Tempers flare between First Nation, RCMP amid wildfire evacuation order

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Chief Joe Alphons of the Tl’etinqox First Nation said 300 people from his community have stayed behind, choosing not to obey an evacuation order for the area. (CBC)

‘Community stress levels were really high … I kind of lost it a little bit,’ chief says

By Rhianna Schmunk, CBC News July 11, 2017

A B.C. First Nations chief says emotions ran high between himself and the RCMP when he told officers residents wouldn’t be obeying an evacuation order as several wildfires threaten the community. Read the rest of this entry

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B.C. is burning: 10,000 people displaced in hot, dry conditions

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Nevaeh Porter, 8, is comforted by her grandmother Angie Thorne as they view the remains of their home that was destroyed by wildfire on the Ashcroft First Nation, near Ashcroft, B.C., late Sunday. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Evacuation orders issued in many communities, $100 million relief fund set up

By Roshini Nair, CBC News, July 10, 2017

Wide swaths of forests in British Columbia’s Interior are burning after a lightning storm Friday afternoon ignited brush parched from weeks of relentless hot, dry weather. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. wildfire evacuees say they are in shock

B.C. asks for help as wildfires rage across province

Forest fire burning near Pemberton, BC, July 5, 2015.

Forest fire burning near Pemberton, BC, July 5, 2015.

B.C. has already spent $80 million on firefighting efforts this year, blowing through a planned $63-million budget

The provincial government has put in a request for help from other provinces as firefighters struggle to get B.C.’s wildfires under control.

B.C. has already spent more than $80 million on firefighting efforts so far this year, blowing through a planned $63-million budget, Forests Minister Steve Thomson told reporters Monday morning.

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