Wildfire growth prompts another evacuation order in northeastern B.C.

The Canadian Press A wildfire just outside the community of Fort Nelson has grown as residents in British Columbia’s northeast receive more evacuation orders. An updated estimate from the BC Wildfire Service says the blaze spans 84 square kilometres, a significant increase since Monday, when it was mapped at about 53 square kilometres in size. Forecasts are calling for wind that may blow the fire closer to Fort Nelson, where the community of about 4,700 and the neighbouring Fort Nelson First Nation have been under an evacuation order since Friday. Fort Nelson resident Bud Streeper posted a video update on Tuesday showing some rain falling in the area. “Definitely not a downpour, but a steady little sprinkle right now,” he said in the video. Areas subject to mandatory evacuation across…

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