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Pipelines secured as wildfires rage in western Canada

Pipelines secured as wildfires rage in western Canada

As California firefighters attempted to protect homes in the path of a growing wildfire, they stopped in their battle with the flames to remove and safeguard an American flag that was hanging from one house's balcony.

Fire burns in the mountains west of Santa Barbara, California on Sunday.

About 1,000 firefighters from B.C. have been fighting the fires, Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail reported.

And in Nevada, fire officials have ordered evacuations for a wildfire that is near the same area where another blaze has already burned for days.

Another broke out in San Diego County and quickly surged to 1.5km².

Another fire near Lake Cachuma forced the evacuation of thousands of campers, including some who left behind their trailers in the rush. More homes were destroyed but fire officials have not had a chance to assess the damage.

Authorities say a wildfire burning near Oroville in Northern California has destroyed at least three dozen homes.

The California wildfires were among more than 50 uncontained fires in western states, according to the National Weather Service.

In northern California, about 4,000 people evacuated and more than 7,000 were told to prepare to leave as fires burned in the Sierra Nevada foothills, about 60 miles north of Sacramento, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. There's not much for which residents can return.

The blaze in the grassy foothills of the Sierra Nevada has burned almost 9 square miles (23 square kilometers) and injured four firefighters.

There was no word yet on the cause of the fire.

Under normal circumstances, the BC Wildfire Service has sufficient staff, aircraft and equipment available to tackle nearly any situation that may arise during the fire season. A very small percentage of the fire was able to be contained. It's 35 percent contained.

There were 202 wildfires burning in Canada's British Columbia province by Tuesday night and 14,000 people had been forced to evacuate their homes.

EnGold Mines Ltd has suspended all exploration in the region and Imperial Metals Corp said it had significantly reduced operations at one of its mines.

By Tuesday afternoon, evacuees from the Little Fort area received word they could return to their homes, although under an Evacuation Alert Notice.

The blaze, which started Saturday along Highway 154, has destroyed eight homes and 12 outbuildings south of Lake Cachuma, and prompted the evacuation of more than 3,500.

The Tabor Flats fire sparked by lightning on July 8 about 18 miles (29 kilometers) west of Wells was 95 percent contained with full containment expected by Thursday.

The Red Cross is supporting B.C. municipalities setting up reception centres in communities affected by the wildfires by providing cots, blankets, hygiene kits, and other supplies needed to set them up.