North­ern B.C. res­i­dents face more evac­u­a­tion or­ders as some smoke clears up

The Western Star - - CANADA -

VAN­COU­VER — New evac­u­a­tion or­ders have been is­sued for parts of north-cen­tral Bri­tish Columbia be­ing bat­tered by wild­fires, while res­i­dents of the re­gion hope for more wind to clear out the smoke. The Re­gional Dis­trict of Bulk­ley-Nechako is­sued new or ex­panded evac­u­a­tion or­ders for three re­mote ar­eas on Satur­day, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of evac­u­a­tion or­ders in the re­gion to nine — the most in B.C. Wild­fires burn­ing near the Nad­ina, Shovel and Tesla lakes in the Bulk­ley-Nechako re­gion are the largest in the prov­ince, and have grown to more than 1,600 square kilo­me­tres com­bined.

Smoke from wild­fires across B.C. has prompted air qual­ity ad­vi­sories for much of Western Canada, al­though En­vi­ron­ment Canada had dropped Prince Ge­orge, B.C., from “Very High” to “Mod­er­ate Risk” as of Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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