Residents of a town of 1,000 people in northeastern British Columbia have been told to get up and leave, as a 24,000 hectare wildfire approaches.
The Battleship Mountain Wildfire was first discovered on August 30 and is estimated to be burning about 50 kilometers from the town of Hudson’s Hope.
The district originally issued an evacuation order for a small selection of properties on September 3, but on Saturday September 10 expanded that order to cover all municipality. New evacuation orders have also been issued in the rural areas surrounding the city, in the Peace River Regional District.
Residents were asked to gather their belongings and leave immediately. A reception center and emergency support services are available about an hour’s drive away in Fort St. John.
BC Wildfire Service says crews will work Sunday to implement a structure protection plan at Hudson’s Hope.
It indicates that higher temperatures throughout the weekend will likely increase behavior on the fire already out of control.
The Battleship Mountain Wildfire is constantly growing rapidly and still exhibits extremely vigorous fire behavior. The fire was propelled about 8 km today by westerly winds and dry conditions. pic.twitter.com/fpmUFNeur7
— BC Forest Fire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) September 11, 2022
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