A day post a village in British Columbia experienced Canada’s highest recorded temperature, the inhabitants of Lytton have been asked to evacuate due to a wildfire.
Mayor Jan Polderman delivered the evacuation order late Wednesday, as per a news release from the Village of Lytton. “All residents are advised to leave the community and go to a safe location,” it mentioned.
Lytton, which is situated about 195 miles east of Vancouver, has a population of 249 residents.
“It’s dire. The whole town is on fire,” Polderman shared with CBC News. “It took, like, a whole 15 minutes from the first sign of smoke to, all of a sudden, there being fire everywhere.”
“At the First Nation band office, the fire was a wall about three, four feet high coming up to the fence line. I drove through town, and it was just smoke, flames, the wires were down,” Polderman shared with the Canadian broadcast network.
DriveBC, which offers information on driving conditions in the province – reports two wildfires have blocked highways to the north and south of Lytton.
In a tweet early Thursday, the BC Wildfire Service mentioned responding to the “evolving situation” in Lytton by supporting the village’s fire service.
According to its Facebook page, the nearby city of Merritt has opened a reception center for emigrants from Lytton.
Temperatures in Lytton surged to 121° F (49.5° C) on Tuesday, the highest temperature ever logged in Canada. It was the third day consecutively that records were smashed in the area, according to ECCC Weather British Columbia.
There are presently 67 fires burning in British Columbia, and 44 of those have started in the last two days, as per B.C. Wildfire Dashboard. It mentioned that the province has so far experienced 450 fires this year.
The extreme temperatures have had a disturbing impact on the province as more the 230 deaths have been reported in British Columbia since Friday, officials said on Tuesday.
The province’s chief coroner stated it as an “unprecedented time.”
“Since the onset of the heat wave late last week, the BC Coroners Service has experienced a significant increase in deaths reported where it is suspected that extreme heat has been contributory,” Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe mentioned in a statement.