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Published: Tue, July 11, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Large wildfires force evacuations in California; 5000 firefighters deployed

Large wildfires force evacuations in California; 5000 firefighters deployed

Wildfires barreled across the baking landscape of the western USA and Canada, destroying a smattering of homes, forcing thousands to flee and temporarily trapping children and counselors at a California campground.

At least 750 homes remained threatened and hundreds more were evacuated. Thousands have been forced to flee the area.

About 15% of the fire had been contained by Sunday evening, Cal Fire tweeted. It's 35 percent contained.

The area burning was southeast of Oroville, where spillways in the nation's tallest dam began crumbling from heavy rains this winter and led to temporary evacuation orders for 200,000 residents downstream. Mike Eliason, public information specialist for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, took the photo of the Alamo fire on a hilltop off Highway 166 east of Santa Maria, California. The largest has charred more than 45 square miles (116 square kilometers) of dry brush and is threatening more than 130 rural homes.

Firefighters are making progress battling wildfires burning in Colorado.

The flames of dozens of separate fires are being fueled by searing temperatures.

Here's a look at the wildfires blackening the West.

In the vicinity of Santa Barbara, about 1,000 firefighters battled to stop the fire with the help of helicopter water bombers.

Island fire: Lightning also caused this fire, which is burning west of Edna in the Marble Mountain Wilderness.

A wildfire burning in near Summer Lake in south-central OR has destroyed a hunting cabin and an outbuilding.

The blaze burned almost 9 square miles (23 square kilometres) of grass, injured four firefighters and destroyed at least 17 structures. About 50 percent of the fire is surrounded. Almost 1,600 firefighters are trying to get the fire under control.

In British Columbia, more than 7,000 people have fled their homes due to wildfire threats, according to Canada's CBC.

Sergio Arredondo Jr., a ranch manager at the San Lucas Ranch along Highway 154, said fire has come close to the ranch several times.

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