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Community of Hudson's Hope, B.C. is evacuated as wildfire nears

Fire burning on Mt. McAllister, near Hudson's Hope, July 16, 2014.
Image Credit: Facebook: Wildfire Management Branch
July 16, 2014 - 3:24 PM

VANCOUVER - An evacuation order has been issued for the District of Hudson's Hope in northeastern British Columbia as the Mount McAllister wildfire threatens the community.

About 1,150 residents have been told they must immediately leave the area and go to an emergency social-services reception centre to register.

Police and emergency officials are going door-to-door to homes and businesses telling people they need to leave.

An emergency centre has been set up in the North Peace Arena in Fort St. John, which is about 90 kilometres away.

The Mount McAllister fire was reported on Sunday, has grown to about 20,000 hectares in size and has doubled since Tuesday.

There are currently 123 fires burning in the province, most of them in the Coastal, Kamloops and Prince George fire regions.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2014
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