Wildfires burn in British Columbia and Alberta

A wildfire burning in British Columbia burned more than 90,000 hectares (200,000 acres) of land over the weekend, prompting the province to restrict the use of all vehicles including vehicles transporting fuel, construction equipment and scrap metal.

The fire, which has covered the entire province’s capital of Vancouver, is about 50km (31 miles) north of Kamloops, the capital of British Columbia’s Interior region, according to B.C. Parks.

Authorities say no property is in immediate danger.

The situation in Kamloops is expected to calm as winds shift direction on Wednesday.

B.C. is a massive expanse of land spread over more than 60,000 square kilometres (20,000 square miles).

British Columbia has had one of the most destructive wildfire seasons in the province’s history, which has been fueled by dry conditions, strong winds and rising temperatures.

In Alberta, five wildfires are threatening homes in a rural area in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

The area is between Banff National Park and Jasper National Park.

The wildfire information office says no evacuations have been ordered and the fire has been contained as of Tuesday evening.

A fire burning in the far northwestern corner of B.C. has been burning for two weeks, prompting evacuation orders for almost 2,000 homes.

The remaining two are uncontained and officials are urging people to close all unsecured sheds, trailers and buildings in the area.

At least 18 people are known to have died in wildfires across the British Columbia and Alberta over the weekend.

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