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Uncontrolled wildfire forces local state of emergency near Squamish, B.C.

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April 16, 2020 - 8:06 AM

SQUAMISH, B.C. - A state of local emergency has been declared north of Vancouver as a wildfire has charred more than half a square kilometre of bush and trees in the Upper Squamish Valley.

The District of Squamish issued the declaration late Wednesday after the out-of-control fire threatened a handful of homes, a campground and BC Hydro infrastructure.

Six homes have been evacuated and evacuation alerts are also in effect for residents of Paradise Valley.

Coastal Fire Centre spokeswoman Donna MacPherson has said the blaze was likely human caused.

A 12-person, BC Wildfire crew remained in the area overnight, assisted by 10 members of Squamish Fire Rescue.

Environment Canada forecasts the Squamish area could reach 21 C today with gusty winds and only a 30 per cent chance of showers by Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2020.

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