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In Southern California, thousands of people remained out of their homes as a pair of fires raged at different ends of Santa Barbara County.

The blaze about 60 miles north of Sacramento grew rapidly to more than seven square miles and was almost 20% contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Timber and brush parched from a years-long dry spell and thick grass that grew after drought-busting winter downpours are making for early and unpredictable wildfire behavior that California officials haven't seen for years, if at all. As of Tuesday afternoon, the wildfire was listed as active and zero per cent contained, and located just south of Williams Lake.

Help from other provinces and the federal government has begun to pour in for firefighters and thousands of evacuees grappling with more than 200 intense wildfires raging across British Columbia.

Three new fires made trouble in the state Tuesday.

"We've successfully gotten some containment lines around it". Potential winds, potential lightning word for keeping a close eye on that. "They should be telling them what expenses can be claimed and how to live in the meantime if they have been evacuated from their homes".

Krystle Chambers, who with her father Chuck Wilsey had to evacuate their property near Oroville waits at an evacuation center near Oroville Monday.

She says power crews are out, and refueling trucks have headed into the area. "Way too many hits".

"The last I heard, it was still about 10 kilometres away and still on the other side of the river".

"I've never been so panic stricken in my life", said Scott, who moved to the area two years ago from the coast near Vancouver.

If companies start losing buildings, like mills, to the fires, Nelson said, local communities could feel the brunt of the fallout if a producer chooses not to rebuild in the area. "We're used to this". Slightly cooler weather is expected to give crews a break in the coming days.

Walt Judas, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of B.C., said it's hard to say at this point how much damage the wildfires will inflict on the industry. It forced the temporary closure of Interstate 8 and the brief evacuation of 15 families in Alpine, a town of 15,000 people about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of San Diego.

Mamtora said West Fraser's shutdown represents a loss of about 6.7 percent of interior British Columbia's lumber production and 13.8 percent of Canada's plywood production, while Norbord's shut mill represents 5.6 percent of Canadian production of oriented strand board.

British Columbia officials are bracing for a lengthy wildfire season as hundreds of blazes burn across the province with no reprieve in sight.