Hundreds at Big White keeping a close eye on their home country

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From thousands of kilometers away, they are watching as the wildfire, which has destroyed about 500 million hectares, continues to ravage on.

Michael J. Ballingall, VP at Big White Ski Resort said many of the staff have gone home while others know, there isn't much they can do from so far away.

"There is a family here right now, on the third day of their vacation they lost their family farm,” said Ballingall. 

Since there is nothing to go back to, the family has decided to stay.  They will head back when the time feels right to start rebuilding.