Two killed and thousands evacuated as fire rages in British Columbia

BC The Coroners service was able to visit Lytton on Saturday, confirmed that evening Two were destroyed Wednesday erupted and devastated the village. Although the investigation is still ongoing, no other deaths have been reported at this time.

As of Saturday morning, 175 fires were still intense, including 77 that had erupted in the past two days. According to the Fire Management Service, BC Wildfire, It is suspected that lightning may be the cause of most fire starters.

The largest already covers an area of ​​31,000 hectares fifteen kilometers north of the Kamloops and has forced the eviction of more than 400 houses.

A team of 93 firefighters is on site with the help of 93 helicopters. The Fire Management Department ensures that firefighters work through the night to establish a control line around the fire. Did not pass.

From the Kamloops, the smoke is very visible and persists in the valley, The spokesman explains BC Wildfire, Sarah Hall.

More than a dozen eviction orders have been issued at various locations in recent days, and ten locations are on high alert. Residents should be prepared to leave at any time if the situation worsens.

A fire near Lake Durant, about 30 kilometers from Kamloops, has forced residents of the Thomson-Nicola Regional District, 95 properties, to evacuate their homes.

Members of the Skitcheston Indian Band were allowed to leave their homes until 9 a.m. Saturday because of a threat near Lake Scorpions. They were invited to go to Kamloops or Kelona, ​​where the evacuation centers were set up.

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The Caribou Regional District also ordered residents near Lake Deca to evacuate the area as soon as possible. The eviction order affects nearly 700 people.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has asked boats to avoid the 100-mile house area.

We know it’s summer and boating season, but it’s not the place to travel right now, Detachment refers to the commander G.R.C. 100 Mile House, Swend Nielsen.

An evacuation alert was sent to the Sulfur Lake Department and about 153 homes.

The fire, which destroyed much of the village of Lytton, has spread to more than 8,700 hectares.

Photo: Canadian Press / DARRYL DYCK

Fundraising campaign for disaster victims

Then Destruction of the village of Lytton With thousands of people still evacuated in the province, the Centride organization has launched a campaign to help the victims.

United Way of the British Columbia branch is offering an initial deposit of $ 200,000 and is encouraging the public to contribute.

A mob campaign was also launched to provide support to the tribal community in the village of Lytton. So far, more than 2,000 people have donated more than 0,260,000.

The province also reminds that cities and municipalities affected by the fire can benefit from financial assistance in the event of a disaster to repair roads, bridges and infrastructure damaged by the fire that are not covered.

With information from Christina Jung

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