Just one unit of a 60-unit mobile home park in Boston Flats survived a devastating wildfire that is now more than 10,000 hectares and growing. He and his brother were on the ranch when a fire traveled from the forest nearby, eventually igniting some of their property and destroying two of their barns.
As crews continue to battle the fires across the province, mother nature doesn't appear to be offering any help, with another week-to-ten-day of hot, dry weather expected through much of the B.C. Interior, the coastal areas and the southern section of the province. Ltd. closed its 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Chasm, B.C., locations as of the afternoon of Sunday, July 9, according to a statement.
Canada's big banks and other companies are donating sizeable sums to the Canadian Red Cross to help the victims of the wildfires in British Columbia.
On Friday, British Columbia declared its first state of emergency since 2003.
Some of the evacuees who fled the hundreds of wildfires in British Columbia say they are frustrated by what they see as a lack of preparation and poor communication from government officials and the Canadian Red Cross.
Vancouver-based EnGold Mines Ltd said it had suspended exploration in British Columbia, home to all of its operations.
"I can confirm that those incidents are somewhat isolated", said Linteau. Buildings have burned but officials weren't yet sure if they were homes. "Do I have a future in this town?"
Wildfires have swept across wide areas of the western U.S. and Canada, destroying homes, forcing thousands to flee and temporarily trapping children and staff at a California camp ground.
The chief of the Bonaparte Indian Band north of Ashcroft said they also defied an evacuation order over the weekend and successfully stopped flames from overrunning their reserve. Extremely low humidity and winds are helping to fuel the wildfires, not just in California but also Arizona.
Crews are making progress on that fire and two major blazes burning in Santa Barbara County.
Imperial Metals says numerous roads used to access the site have been closed and if critical supplies such as fuel are no longer available, the mine may suspend operations altogether. It was 25 percent contained on Tuesday after burning more than 10,000 acres (4,047 hectares).
In Santa Barbara County along California's central coast, about 200 people were under evacuation orders because of the so-called Alamo Fire, named after a creek near where it started on Thursday, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.
By Wednesday, firefighters had contained 48 percent of the blaze, up from 25 percent a day earlier. At this time in 2016, there had been 496 fires and 93,000 hectares burned.