More evacuations issued as wildfires continue to spread in BC

Aug 20 2020, 9:51 am

A wildfire is forcing more residents in BC to flee their homes, as the Regional District of East Kootenay has issued an evacuation order.

According to BC Wildfire Service, the Dunbar Creek Wildfire is located 28 km north of the town of Radium Hot Springs, and is currently 2.5 hectares in size.

The district says the fire is located in the Findlay Creek Area: north of Whitetail Lake up to Dutch Creek; west of the Purcell Conservancy Corridor; South to Doctor Peak and Mount Allen; and east to the Skookumchuck.

Members of the RCMP and other agencies are assisting with the evacuation, and everyone is asked to leave the area immediately.

This fire is relatively small compared to other wildfires seen recently, as the Christie Mountain wildfire swelled quickly this week, having destroyed its first home on Wednesday.

The fire grew to 14 square kilometres in size that afternoon, according to the BC Wildfire Service. The day before, it was only 2.5 square kilometres in size.

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