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