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Last Updated: Monday July 20 2009 12:52 GMT

Canada wild fires force thousands from homes

Two wildfires near a western Canadian city have forced around 17,000 people to flee their homes, officials say.

One of the fires near Kelowna, British Columbia, started on Saturday and has destroyed up to nine homes.

More than 150 firefighters are tackling the blazes in British Columbia, with support from 10 helicopters and eight water bomber planes.