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Officials count loss, damages after B.C. wildfires flare-up

Last Updated Jul 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm MDT

A wildfire burns on a mountain behind a home in Cache Creek, B.C., in the early morning hours of Saturday July 8, 2017. More than 3,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in central British Columbia. A provincial state of emergency was declared after 56 new wildfires started Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Officials in British Columbia have managed to tally some of the heartbreaking losses from out-of-control wildfires that prompted the provincial state of emergency.

Cariboo Regional District chairman Al Richmond says their teams have gained access to areas where houses and other buildings have been destroyed northwest of 100 Mile House.

He says they’ll be contacting each resident Monday with the news.

Further north from those fires, Richmond says crews have managed to hold back a blaze near Williams Lake to about five kilometres from the city’s outskirts after it was fanned by strong winds Saturday, forcing the evacuation of the city.

Wind this weekend also caused a flare-up of the huge fire that started near the Ashcroft Indian Band reserve, which has charred just over 400-square kilometres west of Kamloops.

Near Kelowna, residents on all but 69 properties have been allowed to return to Lake Country after a human-caused fire was sparked Friday, destroying eight homes and forcing the evacuation of more than 300.