Unrelenting heat wind lightning keep firefighters homeowners anxious in BC

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – Hot, dry conditions, gusty winds and a chance of lightning are expected to keep wildfire crews in British Columbia watchful this weekend.The BC Wildfire Service said its weather forecasters have issued a wind warning for the fire-weary Cariboo Fire Centre, but no significant growth was reported early Friday on any area blazes.Wildfire service chief information officer Kevin Skrepnek said almost 150 fires are burning in the province and communities will continue to be endangered without significant rain.The service’s website shows 11 new fires broke out Thursday, seven sparked by lightning, two believed to be human-caused and two others undetermined.Conditions also prompted expansion of an evacuation order for some homes in a remote area west of Quesnel. Orders were still in effect for some properties outside Williams Lake, and others around fires near Monte Lake, east of Kamloops, and north of Cache Creek.Officials said smoke must clear before growth of the blaze north of Cache Creek and east of Clinton can be accurately determined, but the wildfire service website estimates it at 680 square kilometres, with dozens of homes lost between Boston Flats and Loon Lake.Near Monte Lake, 50 kilometres east of Kamloops, a young couple with two children confirms their home was destroyed when a quickly moving wildfire broke out late Wednesday afternoon.Relatives of the family say they were away from home and had no opportunity to grab important papers or other items before flames raced up Martin Mountain.A cause of that fire remains under investigation.On Thursday, thousands of people were given the OK to return to their homes in and around Williams Lake, but the wildfire service reminded residents they may have to leave again on short notice.Officials encouraged people to sign up for an electronic notification system so they can receive emails or text messages the moment an evacuation order is issued.The wildfire service said $154 million has been spent so far on suppressing nearly 800 fires since April 1. (The Canadian Press, CHNL)last_img read more

Quebec police investigate possible hate crime after excrement left on storefront

first_imgQuebec City police say they’ve opened an investigation into a possible hate crime after the owner of a clothing boutique that sells Islamic headscarves reported that someone had smeared feces on the front door of the shop.Sgt. Etienne Doyon says police received a complaint Monday morning after the vandalism was discovered by the owner of the shop on a major artery running through the St-Sacrement neighbourhood of the provincial capital.Doyon says it was the only shop targeted in the area, and it had filed another complaint in June.Police say they’re not divulging the exact location of the boutique for security reasons.The shop sells a variety of clothing, including hijabs and other religious attire.The boutique’s owner, a Tunisian man, spoke to Radio-Canada anonymously, expressing concern for the safety of his family and saying whoever is behind the actions could return at any time.He says that his wife works at the shop and his children frequent it while he works elsewhere.The Canadian Presslast_img read more