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Wildfire prompts evacuation order in northeastern British Columbia

May 15, 2016 - 6:52 PM

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - An evacuation order has been issued for residents in the vicinity of a wildfire in northeastern British Columbia.

The 150-square-kilometre Beatton Airport Road fire is burning about 45 kilometres north of Fort St. John.

The fire flared up four weeks ago and is 45-per-cent contained, though a recent spate of hot and dry weather has led to more activity.

More than 100 firefighters are battling the blaze, along with 13 helicopters and 16 pieces of heavy equipment.

An evacuation alert is in effect for the region immediately east of the area that was ordered to evacuate.

The B.C. government is warning about smoky conditions in the Peace Region due in part to an increase in wildfire sizes, including the nearby Siphon Creek fire.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2016
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