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Two massive northern B.C. wildfires merge, destroying 32 buildings – Vancouver Sun

by ahnationtalk on August 10, 201852 Views

August 9, 2018

Two large fires burning in northern B.C. have merged into one, now covering some 300 square kilometres near the Telegraph Creek area.

The merged Alkali Lake and South Stikine River fires have so far destroyed 32 buildings in and around the Tahltan First Nation, with up to 45 per cent of the remaining buildings damaged by fire.

“Most of the structures were family homes, both on and outside of the reserve,” said Chad Norman Day, president of the Tahltan Central Government. “It’s going to take years to rebuild what’s been lost, and it’s going to take decades for the land to be restored to where it was before, because we’ve lost a lot of forests.”

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