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B.C. Says Accommodations for Wildfire Evacuees Are Filling up as Evacuations Continueon July 19, 2021 at 1:29 am

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VICTORIA—British Columbia’s government says accommodations for wildfire evacuees are filling up as the flames and smoke from numerous blazes spread, forcing more people from their homes and contributing to an eerie, acrid haze that’s blanketing cities in neighbouring Alberta. Emergency Management BC says in a news release that in many communities, accommodations are reaching capacity and it encourages anyone who self-evacuated to a larger community due to smoky conditions to consider returning home. It notes that since smoky conditions shift and move, self-evacuating to another community won’t guarantee a person’s exposure will be reduced. Evacuations continued in B.C. this weekend, with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the Regional District of Kootenay expanding orders for people to leave their homes. Smoke from the fires in B.C., as well as others in northern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwest Ontario, has resulted in special air quality advisories across much of the West. Environment Canada …

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