Nanaimo, B.C., prop­er­ties lat­est evac­u­ated as wild­fires flare in the prov­ince

The Western Star - - CANADA -

VAN­COU­VER - A wild­fire has flared on Van­cou­ver Is­land, prompt­ing evac­u­a­tion or­ders and alerts for prop­er­ties in a ru­ral area south­west of Nanaimo.

The Re­gional District of Nanaimo de­clared a state of lo­cal emer­gency and is­sued the evac­u­a­tion or­der just be­fore 9 p.m. Mon­day for sev­eral prop­er­ties to the west of the Nanaimo Lakes wild­fire, which broke out Sun­day evening.

The BC Wild­fire Ser­vice es­ti­mates the flames have scorched more than one square kilo­me­tre of bush and the re­gional district has also is­sued evac­u­a­tion alerts for 77 prop­er­ties near­est the eastern flank.

The wild­fire ser­vice says more than 450 fires are burn­ing across B.C., with fires of con­cern in each of the prov­ince’s six wild­fire cen­tres.

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