Environmental News from America:
Wildfire crews on Friday battled an out-of-control blaze near the village of Lytton, British Columbia, which last year burned to the ground during a record-breaking heat wave, as western Canada’s wildfire season starts to gather pace.
The Nohomin Creek wildfire was discovered on Thursday on the west side of the Fraser River, approximately 1.7 km (1 mile) from Lytton, in the province’s southern interior. It is the most significant wildfire in the province so far this year, according to BC Wildfire Service.
By Friday afternoon the fire had grown to 800 hectares (1,977 acres) in size and 80 firefighters, supported by six helicopters, were tackling the flames. Local authorities ordered the owners of 24 properties near the fire to evacuate, while residents of several First Nation reserves have also been told to leave their homes.
Just over year ago Lytton, which sits across the river from the current fire, was destroyed in a blaze that erupted the day after the village recorded Canada’s highest-ever temperature.
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