Thousands evacuated in B.C. wildfires 

Wildfire north of Cache Creek, BC, 07 July 2017 (BC Transportation/Twitter)

A state of emergency is in place across British Columbia which gives government special authority over more than 230 wildfires. 

B.C. wildfire officials say weeks of hot, dry weather combined with strong winds and dry lightning have led to almost 16,000 hectares being burned so far. 

More than 7,000 residents in the Interior and Cariboo regions have been evacuated from communities like Cache Creek, Princeton, Ashcroft and 100 Mile House to be housed in Kamloops. 

Temperatures remain hot in these areas this weekend soaring above 30 C. 


Flash flooding hits B.C. Interior

Aftermath of flash flooding in Cache Creek, BC, 25 May 2015 (CP)

Aftermath of flash flooding in Cache Creek, BC, 25 May 2015 (CP)

A state of emergency has been declared in the small town of Cache Creek, British Columbia, west of Kamloops, after torrential downpours created mudslides and flash flooding.

Environment Canada reports almost 40 mm of rain fell in only a few hours on Saturday and the semi-arid region was unable to handle such a large amount of precipitation in such a short time.

At least 60 homes have been damaged and at least 100 people have registered at a temporary emergency shelter.

The provincial government has announced the community of 1,100 people will be eligible for disaster relief funding.