More evac­u­a­tions in wild­fire-weary Bri­tish Columbia

Thomp­son-Ni­cola Re­gional Dis­trict de­clares state of emer­gency

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

More peo­ple have been forced to flee their homes as wild­fires con­tinue to burn across Bri­tish Columbia.

A rapidly mov­ing fire near Monte Lake, east of Kam­loops, prompted the Thomp­son-Ni­cola Re­gional Dis­trict to de­clare a lo­cal state of emer­gency and is­sue two evac­u­a­tion or­ders Wed­nes­day night cov­er­ing about 60 prop­er­ties.

BC Wild­fire Ser­vice in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Rachel Witt said the fire had burned about one square kilo­me­tre and crews were re­spond­ing with all avail­able re­sources.

“We cur­rently have air sup­port as well as ground sup­port as­signed to this in­ci­dent,” she said, con­firm­ing homes are at risk.

There is no word if any struc­tures have been lost.

Other prop­er­ties along the east­ern shore of Monte Lake, as well as sev­eral north and west of the com­mu­nity, are on evac­u­a­tion alert, which means res­i­dents may need to leave at a mo­ment’s no­tice.

Evac­uees have been told to head to Kam­loops, where thou­sands of others have taken refugee as more than 150 fires burn across the prov­ince.

Of­fi­cials with the BC Wild­fire Ser­vice have warned that per­sis­tent hot, dry weather in south­ern parts of the prov­ince is likely to make the al­ready nasty fire sit­u­a­tion worse in com­ing weeks.

Robert Turner with Emer­gency Man­age­ment BC said the re­lent­less fire con­di­tions have taken a toll on fire crews, vol­un­teers and the ap­prox­i­mately 19,100 peo­ple who are still dis­placed from their homes.

Most of the evac­uees have fled to Kam­loops and Prince Ge­orge, and Turner said there is more sup­port com­ing for the be­lea­guered com­mu­ni­ties.

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More peo­ple have been forced to flee their homes as wild­fires con­tinue to burn across Bri­tish Columbia. A rapid­ly­mov­ing fire near Monte Lake, east of Kam­loops, prompted the Thomp­son-Ni­cola Re­gional Dis­trict to or­der the evac­u­a­tion of 39 prop­er­ties.

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