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World Briefing / Canada

11,000 evacuated from fire area

July 20, 2009|Times Wire Reports

About 11,000 residents of a subdivision threatened by a forest fire in southern British Columbia have been evacuated, officials said.

Helicopters, air tankers and firefighters were attacking the 1.35-square-mile blaze raging behind the Glenrosa subdivision, about 170 miles east of Vancouver.

"You had to get out. We just did what we were told. We just picked up our belongings and got out," Wilf Carey said as he went in to register at the evacuee center. Carey's house was among 6,500 homes deemed in danger. An additional 6,000 people in the West Kelowna subdivision were told to be on evacuation alert.

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