Aid for Canada fire evacuees
AS forest fires raged Wednesday in western Canada, the provincial government extended a state of emergency and announced aid for tens of thousands of people evacuated because of the disaster.
Around 140 fires were burning in British Columbia on the Pacific coast, and more than half of them remained out of control, firefighting officials said.
Each household evacuated will receive aid of US$480, British Columbia Premier John Horgan said. That amount will double for families unable to return home over the next two weeks. A state of emergency that was first declared July 7 and set to expire today will be extended by two weeks.