A wildfire in British Columbia has killed at least 15 people and burned more than 7,000 hectares of forest, according to a Canadian National Emergency Management Agency report.
The fires in B.C. are the second-largest wildfire in the province’s history and have been burning for more than six months.
The fire has been burning near the town of Nottoway, about 250 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.
The report said about 20,000 people in the affected areas were evacuated from their homes.
The province has declared a state of emergency in the area and ordered an evacuation order for people living on private lands.
The area is now under mandatory evacuation orders and the province has also declared a mandatory evacuation for those living in non-residential buildings.
A fire in British Colombia.
(CBC) The evacuation order was issued on Thursday and the B.c.
Forest Service said it is expected to continue for up to a week.
The agency said more than 10,000 firefighters are working to extinguish the blaze.
“The wildfire is a major threat to people’s lives, homes and property and the provincial government is actively working to protect those affected,” the BCCS said in a statement.
“This fire is expected the largest wildfire in B-C history and is being managed by our own wildfire management unit.”
It said there are three fire rings that are threatening more than 1,000 homes and other structures.
The most recent fire occurred on Sept. 29 and the first two fires burned in October and November.
It said in the fires, there have been some isolated fires that have burned for a little over a month and a half, but no significant damage to homes.
Officials have also been warning people to stay away from roads and trails.
The BCCA says that a fire is under control in the town and residents have been able to return home.
B.A. fire officials say a fire burning in the Bancroft Hills area in British Columbia.
(BCA) The Bancrotts fire has also been burning intermittently for the past three weeks.
They are about 300 kilometres east of Vancouver, and officials say that fire has destroyed an estimated 4,000 structures and is threatening more.
The Canadian Red Cross has been assisting the displaced.
In a statement, the charity said it has been working closely with the province to help displaced families return to their homes and assist with the reconstruction process.
“Bancrofts wildfire has devastated the community, but our prayers go out to those impacted and their families as they rebuild,” the statement said.
“We are thankful to the BC Government for their immediate and extended support.”