B.C. blazes force out thousands - Metro US

B.C. blazes force out thousands

More than 700 wildfires burning across the hot, tinder-dry province have forced thousands of people from their homes, including around 2,000 people in Lillooet, where a fire is threatening the town.

The roughly 3,000-hectare Mount McLean fire — which began from a lightning strike — was one kilometre from town by press time yesterday.

An evacuation order was also issued for people living in nearby Seton Portage, where a 1,000-hectare fire is burning.

In Fintry, around 2,500 people have been asked to leave their homes — after being allowed to return
following an earlier evacuation order — because the Terrace Mountain fire has flared up again.

The fire had been 90 per cent contained until Sunday, when strong winds pushed it over the fireguard.
That fire has engulfed around 2,500 hectares.

Closer to home, evacuation orders and alerts have been issued for residents near Pitt Lake and Bella Coola, said fire information officer Donna MacPherson.

“(Other) ones that are of public concern are up (at) the Pemberton Meadows, which were caused by a lightning strike,” she said.

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