Mayor John Boulderman issued the eviction order late Wednesday, according to a news release from the village of Lytton. “All residents are advised to leave the community and move to a safer place,” it said.
, It is located 195 miles east of Vancouver and has a population of 249 residents.
“It’s so bad, the whole city is on fire,” Boulderman said CBC News
. “About 15 minutes from the first sign of smoking, all of a sudden, there was fire everywhere.”
“At the First Nation Band office, the fire was coming up to the fence line at a height of three to four feet. I went through the city and it was just smoke, flames, wires falling down,” Bolderman told the Canadian broadcaster.
, Providing information on driving conditions in the province, reports that two wildfires have covered the highways north and south of Lytton.
A Tweet early Thursday
, BC. The wildfire service said it was responding to a “growing situation” in Lytton by assisting the village fire service.
The nearby town of Merritt has opened a reception center for those leaving Lytton Facebook page.
The temperature in Lytton rose to 121 ° F (49.5 ° C) on Tuesday, the highest temperature ever recorded in Canada. For the third day in a row records were smashed in the area, ECCC Weather According to British Columbia.
There are currently 67 fires burning in British Columbia, 44 of which have started in the last two days BC Wildfire Dashboard.
To date, there have been 450 fires in the province this year.
Extreme temperatures have had a devastating impact on the province 230 deaths have been reported
In British Columbia since Friday, officials said Tuesday.
The head of the province, Mudisuda, called it “unprecedented time.”
“Since the onset of the heat wave late last week there has been a significant increase in coronary service deaths in BC, where extreme heat is suspected to have contributed,” Chief Coroner Lisa Lapoint said in a statement.