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Brits drop jaws at Lillooet fire photos

Like a bad car accident, one can’t help but gawk in awe at images of British Columbia’s flame enveloped forests published earlier this month as far away as Europe.

“Take your seats... The jaw-dropping front-row spectacle of wildfire devouring Canadian mountains,” published in England’s Daily Mail, show the world the blazing fury of BC’s fires this summer.

The facts in the article are interesting, if you live in British Columbia: 2,500 people forced from their homes, 3,000 people evacuated since the prior Sunday, 85 per cent of British Columbia still on high alert.

But it was undoubtably the accompanying photos that sent Lilooet and the rest of burning BC across the Atlantic Ocean.

Helicopter pilots sitting helplessly on a porch while flames devour the mountain before them, rising hundreds of feet into the air; burning mountains backing still-standing houses; everything ablaze in orange as Canada is devoured.

See the full article and gallery here.

Christine McLaren reports for The Tyee.

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