POLITICS

Western wildfires: Hundreds of fires burn, thousands out of their homes

07/07/2015 06:18 EDT | Updated 07/07/2016 05:59 EDT
Wildfires are burning across the parched West. Here is a look at the situation in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia:

— There have been 582 wildfires in Saskatchewan so far this season. As of Tuesday morning, 113 were active.

— There were 184 fires burning in British Columbia Tuesday and 93 in Alberta.

— About 600 soldiers from Edmonton have been deployed to northern Saskatchewan; 360 of them are to receive fire training in Prince Albert and be deployed to fire lines.

— Another 500 troops from Shilo, Man., are on standby.

— About 600 firefighters, including some from Ontario, have been battling fires in northern Saskatchewan for nearly two weeks.

— Fifty-four Saskatchewan communities have been evacuated or partially evacuated.

— The Saskatchewan government says 7,320 people have registered as evacuees and are staying in hotels or shelters in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, North Battleford and Cold Lake, Alta. It estimates 2,000 others are staying with family and friends.

— Fires have destroyed 12 homes, remote cabins and other structures in Saskatchewan.

— Nearly 4,000 square kilometres of forest have burned in Saskatchewan's high-priority zones this year, compared to the annual average of 300 square kilometres.