3,600 evac­u­ated in cen­tral B.C.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

A fast-mov­ing wild­fire has forced as many as 3,600 peo­ple to leave their homes in cen­tral Bri­tish Columbia as an­other com­mu­nity was added to an evac­u­a­tion or­der Fri­day.

Al Rich­mond, chair­man of the Cari­boo Re­gional District, said peo­ple have been or­dered to leave their homes about 200 kilo­me­tres north­west of Kam­loops.

The evac­u­a­tion or­der ap­plied to about 2,100 prop­er­ties around 105 Mile House, 108 Mile House and the west shore of Lac La Hache, while about 600 prop­er­ties were un­der evac­u­a­tion alert, he said.

No prop­er­ties were at risk of burn­ing by Fri­day af­ter­noon, but of­fi­cials is­sued the or­der to leave be­cause of con­cerns about chang­ing wind pat­terns and heavy smoke cut­ting off ac­cess roads and evac­u­a­tion routes, Rich­mond said.

“When the winds shift, as they are pre­dicted to do, the threat be­comes greater, smoke would move into com­mu­ni­ties, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to get peo­ple out,” he said, de­scrib­ing the 12-square-kilo­me­tre blaze as volatile. “Mov­ing now will elim­i­nate that el­e­ment of panic.”

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