Three uncontrolled wildfires near BC-Alberta Border Force evacuation


Three separate wildfires near the border between British Columbia and Alberta, including two in the Peace River region, have prompted evacuation orders and alerts.

The Peace River Regional District has ordered the immediate evacuation of residents near the Red Creek wildfire, which covers 1,550 hectares directly northwest of Fort St. John, B.C., about 1,200 kilometers northeast of Vancouver .

The evacuation order covers 61 homes in the area, and residents are advised to evacuate the area immediately to Fort St. John to access emergency support services.

Goodlow and surrounding areas are also under Peace River Regional District evacuation orders due to the threat of the 1,900-hectare Boundary Lakes fire.

The village of McBride, about 700 kilometers to the south, has declared a local state of emergency due to the threat posed by the Tear Creek Wildfire.

The Fraser-Fort George Regional District has ordered all residents of properties north of McBride Highway 16 and along Mountain View Road north of the Fraser River to evacuate the area immediately.

Properties within McBride Village, located south of McBride Highway 16, and within five kilometers of the village boundary are subject to an evacuation alert, meaning residents must be prepared to move with little or no notice .

The BC Wildfire Service says the Tear Creek wildfire is burning in steep, challenging terrain.

High on-site winds led to an increase in fire activity on Friday afternoon, and the Wildfire Service says additional resources will join the four initial assault teams and seven officers battling the flames.

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