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» News – Vancouver – canada.com network: “British Columbia is under a state of emergency to deal with what Premier Gordon Campbell called the most destructive fire season the province has seen in 50 years.

About half the fires burning in the province were caused by people.

The McLure-Barriere fire was apparently started by a discarded cigarette and the Strawberry Hill fire, threatening the Kamloops suburb of Rayleigh, and the Cedar Hill fire near Falkland were also thought to have human causes.

About 3,500 people had registered with emergency social services in Kamloops, deputy fire chief Dave Marcotte said. About half were housed in local hotels and motels, with the rest staying in halls and gymnasiums. They could be moved to hotels once weekend visitors to the city check out, he said.

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