Wildfires – British Columbia, Canada
Wildfire officials are crediting the public for reporting smoke and flames during a weekend that recorded dozens of new wildfires in B.C. Thunderstorms are suspected to have caused 22 of them, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service. As of Sunday evening, there were a total of 39 active wildfires in the province, mainly in the Southern Interior. No wildfires posed a potential threat to public safety.
Wildfires – California
A wildfire northwest of Palm Springs flared up Saturday, with evacuation orders for thousands of people as firefighters fought the blaze in triple-degree heat.
The blaze, dubbed the Apple Fire, doubled in size overnight and is over 18 square miles. About 7,800 people have been told to evacuate over 2,500 homes, according to fire officials. Hundreds of people in foothill neighborhoods north of Beaumont fell under mandatory evacuation orders. One home has been destroyed. Herrera said firefighters were having difficulty assessing the damage because the charred ground was too hot to walk on.