Smoke from wildfires fills the air as a helicopter carrying British Columbia Premier Christy Clark arrives at Pemberton Fire Base in Pemberton, British Columbia, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Firefighters and soldiers worked to stamp out hundreds of wildfires raging across western Canada that are threatening thousands of people and triggering air quality warnings across the country and in the U.S. West and Midwest, authorities said.Fire-fighting crews from across Canada and from South Dakota have been helping out.Alberta said Wednesday that it was bringing in 62 firefighters from Mexico to help battle 92 wildfires burning in the province, including 33 listed as out of control.British Columbia, with more than 180 fires, was bringing in crews from Australia.Environment Canada continued to issue special air quality advisories for parts of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northwest Ontario due to wildfire smoke.
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