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On Tuesday one of the most risky blazes - the Whittier Fire in Santa Barbara in coastal Southern California - had spread to 11,281 acres with 48% of the blaze contained, according to Cal Fire.

This crew is scheduled to be on the ground in B.C. for 19 days.

"Fire helicopters dipping water from the Truckee River, rolling rocks and fire debris has been and continue to be a danger to the public", the service warned.

Another broke out in San Diego County and quickly surged to over half a square mile.

Imperial Metals Corp., in a statement, said it has scaled back operations at its Mount Polley mine north east of Williams Lake because of forest fires that are threatening the homes of employees and have closed roads used to access the site. By Tuesday night, it had burned 5,800 acres and was 55% contained, Cal Fire said, but 5,400 homes were still threatened.

The provincial government announced the first of 310 firefighting personnel from other Canadian agencies began arriving in British Columbia on Sunday, July 9, 2017, to help the BC Wildfire Service get the upper hand on the 225 wildfires that are burning in the province.

Three new California fires made trouble Tuesday. There's not much for which residents can return.

The blaze burned almost 9 square miles and injured four firefighters.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but it is believed to have started from a vehicle fire.

Thousands of residents near Cachuma Lake and along the Central Coast had to leave their homes due to the random fires in the area. The larger of the two charred more than 45 square miles (116 square kilometers) of dry brush and has burned 20 structures since it broke out.

To the south a 46kmĀ² wildfire that destroyed 20 structures is 48% contained.

At least 3,500 people remain out of their homes from a pair of blazes in Santa Barbara County and officials have not said when the evacuation orders might be lifted. Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said early Tuesday that rising humidity is now helping firefighters after a weekend heat wave fanned the flames.

There are 16,250 evacuees, said Emergency BC deputy minister Robert Turner. It has destroyed 41 homes and left 57 other structures destroyed or damaged.

With more than 220 wildfires burning, 98 of them starting in the last 24 hours or so, B.C is in dire need of assistance.

BC Wildfire Service chief information officer Kevin Skrepnek said there has been a slight reprieve in the weather forecast with some rain expected, bringing relief to the windy, hot and dry conditions fuelling about 200 fires and displacing more than 14,000 people.

Another 10,000 residents of Williams Lake have been put on evacuation alert as firefighters struggle to contain the wildfires.

A wildfire burning in near Summer Lake in south-central OR has destroyed a hunting cabin and an outbuilding.

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