Mayor Jan Polderman issued the evacuation order on Wednesday evening, according to a press release from the village of Lytton. âAll residents are encouraged to leave the community and go to a safe place,â he said.
Lytton, which is located approximately 195 miles east of Vancouver, has a population of 249.
“It’s terrible. The whole town is on fire,” Polderman told CBC News. “It took about 15 minutes from the first sign of smoke and all of a sudden there was fire everywhere.”
âAt the First Nation band office, the fire was a wall about three to four feet high that approached the fence. I drove through town, and it was only fire. smoke, flames, wires had fallen, “Polderman told the Canadian broadcast network.
DriveBC, which provides information on driving conditions in the province, reports that two wildfires have closed freeways north and south of Lytton.
Temperatures in Lytton soared to 121 Â° F (49.5 Â° C) on Tuesday, the highest temperature on record in Canada. It was the third day in a row that records were broken in the region, according to ECCC Weather British Columbia.
According to the BC Wildfire Service, several fires were burning across British Columbia, from the Fraser River Valley to the Okanagan.
Extreme temperatures have had a devastating impact on the province as more than 230 deaths have been reported in British Columbia since Friday, officials said on Tuesday.
The province’s chief coroner called this an âunprecedented periodâ.
âSince the heat wave began at the end of last week, the BC Coroners Service has seen a significant increase in the number of reported deaths where extreme heat is suspected to have contributed,â the coroner said in Chief Lisa Lapointe in a press release.