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(CNN) - CJ Summers described the fire that destroyed two of his family's barns like something out of an action movie.

"The ability to access forest fire hazard data in a timely fashion provides forest managers with a valuable tool to monitor wildfire potential", he said in a statement.

Chuck Wilsey returned to his ranch home in Oroville on Monday after evacuating over the weekend, relieved to learn it had been spared by the wildfire, just as he had stayed clear of troubles brought on by a damaged spillway at a nearby dam five months ago.

To help people who are now displaced in British Columbia, residents of Fort McMurray are rallying to collect and deliver much needed supplies. At least 41 homes and 55 other buildings have been destroyed.

More than 300 bushfires in British Columbia have forced Canadian timber mills and gas pipelines to shut as hot, dry weather fans blazes across swaths of western Canada and the United States.

One of the fires grew to 12 square miles, traversing a mountain range and heading south toward coastal Goleta.

The people most at risk are pregnant women, young children, seniors and people with existing health conditions.

The Ashcroft-Cache Creek fire is estimated to be 10, 304 hectares and the Princeton fire is estimated to be 2,700 hectares.

Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale said they responded immediately after B.C sent in a formal request for assistance on Sunday. Numerous same residents had also been forced to flee the possibility of spring flooding.

"I don't know what's worse - fire, or water - it's a toss-up", Wilsey, 53, said after returning to his home Monday afternoon.

The dynamic nature of the fires does pose challenges for officials handling highway closures, said Mike Lorimer, a regional director at the Transportation Ministry.

"It's been a very tough few days but I'm feeling much more optimistic", said Mayor Walt Cobb.

As of Tuesday night, the raging blaze had spread to more than 44 sq km, and about 35,000 people had been evacuated.

The scorching weather comes after California's prolonged drought emergency was declared officially over in April.

It's one of 14 major wildfires Cal Fire is trying to attack.

The so-called Farad Fire on the border between California and Nevada closed a 20-mile (32-km) stretch of Interstate 80 on Tuesday, said Deanna Shoopman, a spokeswoman for California Department of Transportation.

LIKE most British Columbians my thoughts have been with people in Interior communities who have been impacted by wildfires over the last week. When drivers come across heavy smoke, they should slow down, put their hazards on and keep driving, he said. We're estimating about 60% of the fire has got containment lines.

In total, the blaze burned 1,816 acres and caused residents of the area to evacuate.


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