May 17th, 2024

CP NewsAlert: Thousands in Fort Nelson, B.C., ordered to evacuate as fire nears town

By The Canadian Press on May 10, 2024.

A hot spot from the Lower East Adams Lake wildfire burns in Scotch Creek, B.C., on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023. The B.C. Wildfire Service says the tactical evacuation of "multiple neighbourhoods" is underway in Fort Nelson, as an out-of-control wildfire threatens the town in the province's northeast. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

FORT NELSON, B.C. – Thousands of people in northeast British Columbia have been ordered to evacuate and flee south as a fast-growing wildfire threatens the town of Fort Nelson.

The evacuation order was issued by the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality and Fort Nelson First Nations around 7:15 p.m.

The communities are being threatened by an out-of-control wildfire that the municipality says is about 12 kilometres west of the town, and that exploded in size late Friday.

Fort Nelson and the Fort Nelson Indian Reserve have a combined population of about 3,000.

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