Key developments on Monday in British Columbia’s wildfires

By The Canadian Press
July 10, 2017 - 3:36pm Updated: July 10, 2017 - 5:32pm

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A look at some of the key developments Monday in the battle against wildfires in British Columbia:

About 300 firefighters and support staff from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick started to arrive to help relieve B.C. crews

— About 1,000 firefighters from B.C. have been involved in fighting the fires.

Provincial authorities say more than 215 fires were burning, with 29 breaking out on Sunday.

— Fires have scorched about 400 square kilometres of land and more than 14,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.

Four tonnes of supplies arrived from Fort McMurray, Alta., including wrapped and sealed water, Gatorade and baby supplies.

— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said B.C. requested 3,000 cots and 3,000 blankets from federal stockpiles, which have been delivered to Prince George.

— Canadian Armed Forces air support will be used for emergency evacuations and to move firefighters, emergency officials and equipment around the fire zone.

— BC Hydro reports significant damage to electrical infrastructure in the Interior.

The largest blaze covered more than 60 square kilometres near Ashcroft, about 90 kilometres from Kamloops.

Remains of long-missing Australian man found near Grand Forks, B.C.