Wildfire in southeast B.C. forces evacuation of approximately 200 homes

CRANBROOK, B.C. - More people are begin forced from their homes in a community in southeastern B.C. this weekend due to an out-of-control wildfire.

The BC Wildfire Service says the blaze, which started Friday night, near St. Mary's Reserve 14 kilometres northeast of Cranbrook is now 250 hectares in size.

The Regional District of East Kootenay says 174 properties around nearby Moyie Lake were evacuated while others have been placed on alert, meaning residents must be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

An additional 30 homes within the First Nation's territory have been evacuated.

The First Nation's spokeswoman Jodi Gravelle issued a news release saying that a perimeter guard protecting the community has not been breached by the fire and officials are hopeful the evacuation order will soon be rescinded.

There were more than 160 fires burning across the province Friday, and the wildfire service says unseasonably hot and dry conditions through the weekend could fuel fire activity.

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