In Lytton, Canada, a wildfire has burned 90% of the forest, resulting in the country's highest ever temperature
2nd July, 2021
The day after the highest recorded temperature in Canada was recorded, people in Lytton's village in B.C. had to run away as the community was quickly swept into the swell of a fire on Wednesday night.
The Lytton Mayor, Jan Polderman, said the village had no time to coordinate proper evacuee destinations once a formal evacuation order was issued at 6 pm. "I noticed a little white smoke at southern end of the city, and the entire city was encircled by the fire within 15 to 20 minutes" the mayor said.
The southern Interior village has about 250 residents, almost all of whom have fled to nearby communities. Evacuees can register at the Merrit emergency services facility, according to Polderman. According to the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, 188 people are taking refuge in Lillooet, which is located to the north.
Apart from the blaze that destroyed Lytton, the heat and dry conditions, combined with "dry lighting" from the infrequent thunderstorm, have heightened wildfire risk across most of the west, with multiple wildfires burning. For portions of the Interior, multiple evacuation orders and alerts are in effect.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, however officials informed CBC that a train must have started it.