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Situation critical: 10,000 British Columbians forced from their homes amid wildfires

More than 10,000 British Columbians have been forced from their homes as the wildfire situation reaches a critical level.

The latest community affected by an evacuation order is 100 Mile House, where 1,500 residents were told to pack up and leave Sunday evening.

The are 231 wildfires raging across the province, including 98 that broke out over the last day and 10 that are burning in close proximity to communities. So far, more than 236 square kilometres of the province has been scorched by the flames.

"It's safe to say the majority of these fires are burning out of control," Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer with the BC Wildfires Service, said Sunday.

John Rustand, the B.C. minister of forests, said the province is committed to contributing all available resources as "the situation has escalated."

Communities and residents will be partially helped by a recently-announced $100-million fund from the province, which includes $600 that will be made immediately available by electronic transfer through the Red Cross to people who have registered after being forced from their homes.

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