Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wildfires Force Evacuations, State of Emergency near Fort St. John, B.C

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wildfires Force Evacuations, State of Emergency near Fort St. John, B.C

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Wildfires force evacuations in northern B.C.

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - A state of emergency has been declared in northern British Columbia, where a number of wildfires have burned buildings, forced residents from their homes and closed roads.

A notice posted on The Peace River Regional District says a large area, including Fort St. John and the District of Taylor, has been placed under a state of emergency because there is danger to people and property in the area.

Const. Josh Swanback of the Fort St. John RCMP said a number of homes in the area have been evacuated because of three large fires.

One fire is burning near Baldonell, one near Charlie Lake on Highway 29, and one further north of Fort St. John on the Alaska Highway, he said. …

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