Fort St. John, B.C., tells all 21,000 residents to prepare to evacuate as fire nears

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C-The City of Fort St. John in northeastern British Columbia has issued an evacuation alert telling all of its approximately 21,000 residents to get ready to leave in response to a wildfire that’s grown to more than 130 square kilometres in size. An update from the BC Wildfire Service this afternoon says the Stoddart Creek wildfire is burning out of control and continuing to spread. The blaze, which the service says is suspected to be human-caused, has previously triggered alerts and evacuation orders for other properties in its path in the Peace River Regional District since it was discovered on Saturday. It has scorched the traditional territories of the Blueberry River First Nations, Doig River First Nation and Halfway River First Nations. Fort St. John’s evacuation alert…

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