'They were not prepared': BC fire evacuees frustrated with officials, Red Cross

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We are here to help residents and businesses in British Columbia who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires across the province.

Once fully deployed, the grand total will reach 300 firefighters from Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick.

Premier-designate John Horgan says he's been in touch with First Nations and municipal leaders and plans to travel to affected communities later this week to view the damage.

Skrepnek said that fighting the 599 fires across B.C. this season has cost the province $53.5 million.

Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service says most people heed evacuation orders, but some do stay behind to fight the fires themselves.

Roughly 2,600 customers are without power in the fire zone, primarily in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House.

"Tl'etinqox experienced evacuations twice before and leaving the community caused even more stress and grief".

The people most at risk are pregnant women, young children, seniors and people with existing health conditions.

Smoke obscures the sun as a helicopter carrying a bucket battles the Gustafsen wildfire near 100 Mile House, B.C., on Saturday July 8, 2017. Others headed to the Lower Mainland, he said.

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Provincial officials say 219 fires are burning and more than 14,000 people have been forced from their homes, with thousands more under evacuation alerts, meaning they must be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

"We certainly apologize", Ranta added.

Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale said they responded immediately after B.C sent in a formal request for assistance on Sunday.

"We have a few days of fuel", Steve Robertson, a spokesman, said by phone.

"We've been actively working with Emergency Management BC and fire officials in the central and southern Interior and there's a lot of damage to our system right now; it's quite significant".

Almost 70 public parks were closed and campfires were banned provincewide, apart from Haida Gwaii and the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Dozens more blazes were burning in Colorado, Utah and throughout the West. Potential winds, potential lightning word for keeping a close eye on that.

"We've now deployed members who have expertise in incident command and overseeing large operations", he said. A previous version said firefighters and support staff were also coming from Nova Scotia.

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