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UPDATE (10 pm): 87 active wildfires and 8 wildfires-of-note in Cariboo Fire Centre

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UPDATE (10 p.m.):

The fire located 3 km south of Lang Lake fire increased to 440 hectares this evening. The one just north of Lang Lake increased to 345 hectares.

As a result, the CRD has issued an evacuation order for the Lang Lake/Murphy Lake area. The evacuation includes parts of Hawkins Lake and Eagle Creek that were previously on alert.

RELATED: Evacuation orders issued for Tatelkuz Lake and Lang Lake and Murphy Lake area

UPDATE (7 p.m.):

The Wild Goose Lake has increased to 3,300 hectares, according to the BC Wildfire Service map.

The map also shows that the fire east of Young Lake has increased to 135 hectares.

UPDATE (6 p.m.):

There are currently Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre has four evacuation alerts and two evacuation orders in effect as of Friday, Aug. 10.

The TNRD has also issued an evacuation alert for the Wild Goose Lake area.

Fire information officer Jessica Mack confirmed Friday evening that the information showing on BC Wildfire Services’ Wildfire-of-Note page has been updated with the most current information.

Here is the most up-to-date information, according to that page:

The Blackwater River fire, east of Blackwater River in the Nazko area, has increased to an estimated 2,000 hectares. Sixteen firefighters, one helicopter and six pieces of heavy equipment are on site and are continuing to work towards building a fireguard.

The Horsefly Lake fire, located north of Horsefly Lake and west of Haggens Point Road, remains at 526 hectares in size. Ground crews continue to reinforce guards and establish a wet-line perimeter, according to BC Wildfire Service. The fire is 90 per cent contained and 2 firefighters, 12 pieces of heavy equipment and three helicopters are on site. Airtankers are available if necessary.

The Houseman Road fire, 14 km east of 100 Mile House and south-west of Buffalo Lake, is estimated at 19.5 hectares in size. The fire is 10 per cent contained. Twenty firefighters and four pieces of heavy equipment continue to work to establish a guard in order to contain it in its entirety.

The evacuation order remains in effect for 57 properties in the Houseman Road area. Evacuees are being directed to the Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School, at at 200 7 St, in 100 Mile House.

RELATED: UPDATE: Evacuation reception centre moves to Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School, in 100 Mile House

The Lang Lake fire, 5 km south-east of Lang Lake and 10 km north of Canim Lake remains at 200 hectares. A sole fire officer is on site because of safety concerns and difficult terrain. The fire is being assessed and heavy equipment continues to work towards establishing containment lines.

An evacuation alert remains for 396 properties in the Hawkins Lake and Eagle Creek areas.

RELATED: 396 properties in Hawkins Lake and Eagle Creek area on evacuation alert

The fire north-west of Mayfield Lake is approximately 100 hectares in size. Airtankers attended to this fire today and will continue supporting the 21 firefighters, two helicopters and three pieces of heavy equipment are on site. The fire is 20 per cent contained and crews will continue building a guard around the perimeter.

181 properties from Mayfield Lake north to Buckley Drive and west to the Fraser River, including Springhouse, are under an evacuation alert.

The Narcosli Creek fire, approximately 31 km south-west of Quesnel has increased to 3,100 hectares in size. Thirty firefighters, two helicopters and six pieces of heavy equipment are on site, continuing to establish control lines to prevent further growth.

The CRD issued an evacuation alert for the Narcosli Creek area north to West Quesnel.

The Shag Creek fire remains at 7,000 hectares in size. BC Wildfire Service personnell continue to monitor this fire after pulling crews off site for safety reasons. The fire progressed in a north easterly direction today.

An evacuation order remains in effect for 93 properties between the north western boundary of the CRD to the southern edge of Tsacha Lake.

The Wild Goose Lake fire remains at 2,500 hectares in size. Fifty-four firefighters, one helicopter and four pieces of heavy equipment are on site, working on establishing a fire guard. Additional resources will arrive tomorrow. This fire is 30 per cent contained.

The TNRD has issued an evacuation alert for the area surrounding Wild Goose Lake, including properties north and east of Clink Lake.

RELATED: TNRD announces evacuation alert for Wild Goose Lakes area, includes Clink and Ridge Lake and parts of Dog Creek Road

UPDATE (4:45 p.m.): The Houseman Road fire, south-west of Buffalo Lake, is now estimated to be 19.5 hectares, according to the BC Wildfire Service map.

The map also shows the fire south east of 70 Mile has increased to 524 hectares and the fire north of Mahood has increased to 360 hectares.

The Wild Goose Lake fire, which is still showing at 2,500 hectares, is moving in a northeast direction. In an email response, fire information officer Jessica Mack said, “As of early this afternoon, the fire is demonstrating aggressive fire behaviour.”

She said crews are on the south flank, working to implement a fuel free guard. Heavy equipment will work overnight and more resources are on the way.

“All of the Wildfire of Note pages have been updated with the most updated information that we have.

UPDATE (1:30 p.m.): The Wild Goose Lake fire is now estimated to be 2,500 hectares, according to the BC Wildfire Service map.

ORIGINAL STORY: There are 87 active wildfires and seven wildfires-of-note in the Cariboo Fire Centre as of Friday, Aug. 10.

Fire information officer Robyn Clark said in an email update that 11 new fires have been discovered since Thursday, Aug. 9. Six of these were in the 100 Mile House area, one in the horsefly area, one in Quesnel and three in the Williams Lake area.

The Horsefly Lake, Shag Creek, Wild Goose Lake, Narcosli Creek, Lang Lake and Houseman Road fires are listed as fires-of-note.

The Horsefly Lake fire, located north of Horsefly Lake and west of Haggens Point Road, is estimated at 526 hectares in size. Ground crews continue to reinforce guards and establish a wet-line perimeter, according to BC Wildfire Service. The fire is 90 per cent contained and 28 firefighters, 12 pieces of heavy equipment and three helicopters are on site.

The Shag Creek fire, located west of Shag Creek, is estimated at 7,000 hectares. Crews have been pulled off of this fire for their own safety and because of its current and expected behaviour. This fire will be continually monitored.

Properties in the Shag Creek area are under an evacuation order from the Cariboo Regional District.

The Wild Goose Lake fire, estimated at 1,400 hectares, is 30 per cent contained. Ground crews worked on the eastern flank on Thursday and will continually work at establishing fire guard to contain the fire in its entirety.

Fifty-four firefighters, one helicopter and four pieces of heavy equipment are on site.

The Blackwater River fire, east of Blackwater River int he Nazko area, is estimated at 1,184 hectares. Sixteen personnel, one helicopter and six pieces of heavy equipment are on site and are working on building a fireguard.

The Narcosli Creek fire, north of Tzenzaicut Lake and west of Kersley, is estimated at 1,200 hectares. Thirty firefighters, two helicopters and six pieces of equipment are on site, working on establishing control lines.

The Lang Lake fire, east of the north end of Lang Lake, is estimated at 200 hectares. One firefighter is on site to assess the situation and four pieces of heavy equipment are working to establish containment lines. BC Wildfire Service will deploy more resources as they become available.

The Houseman Road fire, south-west of Buffalo Lake, is estimated at 12 hectares and is now 10 per cent contained. Twenty firefighters and four pieces of heavy equipment are on site, working to establish a guard to contain the fire in its entirety.

The Cariboo Regional District issued an evacuation order for 57 properties in the Houseman Road area on Thursday, Aug. 9.

RELATED: UPDATE: Evacuation reception centre moves to Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School, in 100 Mile House

Six fires were called out on Thursday, Aug. 9 – one in the Quesnel area, one in the Horsefly area, three in the 100 Mile House area and one in the Chilcoltin area.

The largest active fire in the 100 Mile fire zone is estimated at 80 hectares and is north of Mahood Lake.

The largest active fire in the Williams Lake region is 10 km southwest of Springhouse and is estimated at 45 hectares.

All of the Cariboo Fire Centre is under a campfire ban as half of its fire danger rating is “high,” while the other half is “extreme,” said BC Wildfire Service, especially in the Chilcotin Fire Zone.

Anybody found in violation of the ban can be ticketed up to $1,150, required to pay up to $10,000 for an administrative penalty, and could face a $100,000 fine or one year of jail time if convicted in court.

If a fire causes or contributes to a wildfire, the responsible party can be ordered to pay all costs for firefighting.

No rain or lightning is expected today and none happened yesterday, either.

BC Wildfire Service included a summary of other active fires, by zone, in its update.

The following information is accurate as of first thing Friday morning:

Wildfires of Note

There are currently seven Wildfires of Note within the Cariboo Fire Centre. Please check here for future updates on these fires.

Horsefly Lake (C31678), Cariboo Fire Centre

Location: North of Horsefly Lake and west of Haggens Point Road

Status: 526 hectares mapped, 90% contained

Cause: Lightning-caused

Resources: 28 firefighters, 12 pieces of heavy equipment and 3 helicopters.

Fire Camp in place: None

Objectives: Ground crews are continuing to reinforce guards and establishing a wet line perimeter.

Evacuations: No Evacuation Alert for this wildfire.

Other: N/A

Shag Creek (C11837), Cariboo Fire Centre

Location: West of Shag Creek

Status: 7000 hectares estimated, 0% contained

Cause: Lightning-caused

Resources: None

Fire Camp in place: None

Objectives: Given current and expected fire behavior, crews have been pulled off this fire for safety reasons. BC Wildfire Service is continuing to monitor this fire.

Evacuations: An Evacuation Order has been implemented by the Cariboo Regional District for properties in the Shag Creek area. For more information, please visit the Cariboo Regional District Website: www.cariboord.bc.ca

Other: N/A

Wild Goose Lake (C41745), Cariboo Fire Centre

Location: Wild Goose Lake

Status: 1400 hectares mapped, 30% contained

Cause: Lightning-caused

Resources: There are 54 firefighters, one helicopter, and four pieces of heavy equipment on site.

Fire Camp in place: None

Objectives: Ground crews worked on the eastern flank yesterday and will continue working to establish fire guard to achieve full containment.

Evacuations: None

Blackwater River (C12328), Cariboo Fire Centre

Location: East of Blackwater River in the Nazko area

Status: 1184 hectares mapped, 0% contained

Cause: Lightning-caused

Resources: There are 16 personnel, one helicopter, and six pieces of heavy equipment on site.

Fire Camp in place: None

Objectives: Crews and equipment will continue building fireguard.

Evacuations: None

Other: N/A

Narcosli Creek (C12302), Cariboo Fire Centre

Location: North of Tzenzaicut Lake, west of Kersley

Status: 1200 hectares estimated, 0% contained

Cause: Lightning-caused

Resources: There are 30 firefighters, two helicopters and six pieces of heavy equipment on site.

Fire Camp in place: None

Objectives: Ground crews will continue establishing control lines.

Evacuations: None

Other: N/A

Lang Lake (C42138), Cariboo Fire Centre

Location: East of the north end of Lang lake

Status: 200 hectares estimated, 0% contained

Cause: Lightning-caused

Resources: One firefighter and four pieces of heavy equipment are on site.

Fire Camp in place: None

Objectives: One firefighter is on site assessing the situation and equipment is working to establish containment lines. More resources will be deployed as they become available.

Evacuations: None

Other: N/A

Houseman Road (C42363), Cariboo Fire Centre

Location: Southwest of Buffalo Lake

Status: 12 hectares estimated, 10% contained

Cause: Lightning-caused

Resources: There are 20 firefighters and four pieces of heavy equipment on site.

Fire Camp in place: None

Objectives: Ground crews are working to establish guard in order to gain full containment.

Evacuations: An Evacuation Order has been implemented by the Cariboo Regional District for properties in the Houseman Road area. For more information, please visit the Cariboo Regional District Website: www.cariboord.bc.ca

Other: N/A

Quesnel zone

There are 19 wildfires burning in this zone, three were discovered yesterday afternoon.

C11853 –20 ha– Wells/Barkerville –Under Control –Six firefighters on site.

C11819 –60 ha –Swift River–Being Held –35 firefighters on site.

C11837 –700ha –Shag Creek—see Wildfire of Note above.

C12302 –1200 ha– Narcosli Creek –see Wildfire of Note above.

C12230 –40 ha– West of Pantage Lake/South of Big Valley Creek. This fire experienced aggressive fire behaviour yesterday. No structures or communities are threatened at this time.

C12328 –1184 ha— East of Blackwater River —See Wildfires of Note above.

C12338—0.1 ha– Chevans Creek –Personnel is on site to assess the fire. No communities or structures are threatened at this time.

C12365 –60 ha –China Bluff – south of Kluskoil Lake park –Currently being assessed and is in close proximity to C12328.

Williams Lake Zone

There are nine fires burning, all of these are Under Control.

C21673 –199 ha –Junction Sheep Range Provincial Park –Under Control – being monitored

C21875 –15 ha –Tom Hutch Creek –Under Control –being monitored

C22283 –9.5 ha –Stum Lake – 22 firefighters on site –Under Control

C22371 – 45 ha – 10 kilometres southwest of Springhouse – There are 21 firefighters on site

Horsefly zone

There are 22 active fires. All fires have been assessed and actioned in priority sequence.

C31689 –420 ha –Quartz Mountain –Being monitored

C31691 –80 ha –east arm Quesnel Lake –Being monitored

C31688 –12 ha –Heningram FSR—Crew is on site

C31678 – 526ha – Horsefly Lake –east of Viewland Mountain – See Wildfire of Note above.

C31606 –16 ha –north of Buxton Creek –15 firefighters on site—Under Control

C31692 –50 ha—east of Warttig Lake –Being monitored

C32320 –6 ha –Tisdal Lake –This fire was discovered yesterday and crews are actioning the less active flank at this time.

C32372 – South of Tasse Lake – This fire was discovered yesterday and is estimated at 0.3 hectares

100 Mile zone

There are 32 active fires. All fires have been assessed and actioned in priority sequence.

C41745 –1400 ha –Wild Goose Lake –See Wildfire of Note above.

C42133 –10 ha –west of Lang Lake –A crew is onsite –Being Held

C42138 –200 ha –south of Lang Lake –see Wildfires of Note above.

C42324 –400 ha –70 Mile—One helicopter and 29 personnel are on site. No communities or structures are threatened at this time.

C42331 –30 ha –Young Lake—Updated size due to accurate mapping.

C42358 – 80 ha – Southwest of Clearwater Lake, north of Mahood Lake – This fire is being monitored.

C42363 – 12 ha – Houseman Road –see Wildfires of Note above.

Chilcotin zone

The Chilcotin Fire Zone currently has three active wildfires.

C51925 –120 ha –Chantslar Lake –43 personnel on site –Under Control

C51752 –55 ha – south of Itcha Ilgatchuz Park –Crews are making excellent progress, there are 18 personnel onsite –Being Held


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Hate speech and the politics of division are creating a "dangerous path" for Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday as he vowed to steer clear of such roads and to continue calling out those who rely on "extremist" methods to make their voices heard.

Trudeau made the comments when asked whether he went too far in accusing a Quebec woman of racism and intolerance as she heckled him last week during a rally in Quebec.

During a campaign-style rally Thursday southeast of Montreal, the woman shouted questions in French at Trudeau, asking him when the federal government would repay Quebec for costs it has incurred as a result of an influx of "illegal immigrants" coming over the Canada-U.S. border.

The Quebec government has demanded Ottawa pay the full costs of social services provided to so-called irregular migrants who have crossed into Canada between established border crossings over the past couple of years — costs the province says have reached $146 million so far.

The prime minister responded to the woman by accusing her of intolerance and racism and saying her sentiments were not welcome.

At a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a new Amazon distribution warehouse east of Ottawa, Trudeau said he fears a rise in extreme populism, particularly surrounding immigration issues, with some feeding fear and intolerance using partial truths and "outright lies."

"There has been a polarization in our political discourse," Trudeau said as construction machinery clattered in the background.

"And there are people who are trying to feed fears and intolerance for a broad range of reasons. … I will remain positive and remain pulling people together, pulling communities together right across this country."

Progressive Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Trudeau is using personal attacks to shut down criticism of his government.

"This is a calculated Liberal strategy to avoid being accountable for their record," Scheer said in a statement Monday evening. "Instead of demonizing critics, Justin Trudeau should confront the problem."

Ontario's minister responsible for immigration, Lisa MacLeod, was on hand Monday for Trudeau's news conference. It's the prime minister who is creating divisions by shouting "racism" at those who question his government's immigration policies, she said.

"I think when the prime minister, when confronted with some of the problems his government has created, turns around and fearmongers and calls people un-Canadian or racist, (he) really debases the debate that we're having."

Ontario's new Conservative government has also called on the federal government to foot the bill for services provided to asylum seekers, which that province has tallied at $200 million and climbing.

A woman who identified herself on social media as a member of the right-wing group Storm Alliance took responsibility for the confrontation with Trudeau in a post on Facebook. The group has been behind protests denouncing the arrival of asylum seekers at an irregular border crossing near St-Bernard-de-Lacolle.

"Pretty happy that I participated in him blowing a gasket," the post says.

The federal government has so far offered a total of $50 million to Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba to offset expenses incurred as a result of a spike in asylum seekers entering the country by way of unofficial entry points along the Canada-U.S. border. Of that sum, Quebec — where the bulk of the crossings have taken place — would receive $36 million.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said he hopes to persuade people that diversity is good for the province.

"If someone tells me they are worried about diversity, I will accept this worry exists and I will try to explain my point of view, that it (diversity) is something that can be very positive for our society," Couillard told reporters Monday.

The issue of irregular border crossings could become a wedge issue in the campaign leading up to the next federal election scheduled for the fall of 2019.

At an event Sunday marking Trudeau's formal nomination to run for re-election in the Montreal riding of Papineau, Trudeau emphasized the fight against extremist populism as a plank in his party's 2019 platform, and accused Scheer of exploiting fear and division.

— With files from Mylene Crete and Caroline Plante

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the confrontation with Trudeau occurred Sunday.

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Multiple victims of Bombay Bhel bombing will discuss 'plan of action' today

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Multiple victims of a bomb blast at a popular Indian restaurant in Mississauga, Ont., in late May will discuss their "plan of action" during a news conference Tuesday morning. 

They are expected to speak alongside their lawyers at 11 a.m. at Diamond and Diamond Personal Injury Lawyers in Toronto.

Peel Regional Police alleged two disguised suspects entered Bombay Bhel on the evening of May 24, planted an improvised explosive device that contained nails, then fled. Moments later, the device detonated.  

The blast wounded 15 people, three of whom suffered "critical blast injuries," according to paramedics. All have since been released from hospital. 

40 people in restaurant at time of blast

Groups of families and friends were celebrating birthdays at the restaurant, nestled in a small plaza near the intersection of Hurontario Street and Eglinton Avenue E.

Bombay Bhel is a staple for many in the Greater Toronto Area's South Asian community who dine there for a taste of home. 

About 40 people were inside the restaurant at the time, many of whom were children under 10. Witnesses described a chaotic scene of broken glass and bloodied diners.

Victims of a bomb blast at Bombay Bhel restaurant ranged in age from 23 to 69, police said. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

Peel Police Chief Jennifer Evans has previously said there is no indication the bombing was a terrorist act or hate crime. Investigators have not released a motive nearly three months after the bombing and no group has taken responsibility for it. 

The bombed-out restaurant sustained a "considerable amount of damage," Evans said, and has been closed since.

Owner Mohan Nagpal declined and interview with CBC Toronto on Tuesday. He anticipates Bombay Bhel will reopen in a few weeks.  

A dedicated police task force, established to investigate the case, is looking for two suspects. Both were initially believed to be male, but investigators now say one may be female.

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Smoke from hundreds of wildfires burning around the province is creating a thick haze over Metro Vancouver.


A seaplane takes off from the harbour as smoke from wildfires burning in the province fills the air, in Vancouver, on Monday August 20, 2018.


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VANCOUVER, B.C. – Tuesday looks like it will be another smoky day in Metro Vancouver. Environment Canada says although the forecast is mainly sunny, it’s unlikely the region will see much of it as another day of widespread smoke is expected. That thick haze will likely stick around tomorrow, but there may be some improvement on Thursday. Tuesday’s temperature highs are 23 C and 30 C inland. The agency is continuing its air quality advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter from the hundreds of wildfires burning around the province and in the U.S.

Elevated levels of fine particulate matter are expected to persist until there is a change in fire or weather conditions. The agency warns particulate matter can get inside your home, so they are advising people keep their windows closed.

People with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.


Weather: Vancouver, B.C.

Today: Mainly sunny. Widespread smoke. High 23 C except 30 C inland. Humidex 28. UV index 7 or high.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Widespread smoke. Low 16 C.

Tomorrow: A mix of sun and cloud. Widespread smoke. High 22 C except 28 C inland. Humidex 27. UV index 7 or high.

Source: Environment Canada


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