Fire-stricken California asks B.C. for help Monday, October 27, 2003

VICTORIA -- After its own summer of wildfires, B.C. is being asked for some help by fire-stricken California.

The province's public safety minister, Rich Coleman, says a request came in Monday morning.

He says California is not asking for firefighters, but equipment like air tankers and fire-retardent gel.

Fires in California are raging from the Mexican border to the suburbs north of Los Angeles.

They have destroyed more than 800 homes and claimed more than a dozen lives.

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