Forest / Wild Fire in Canada on July 08 2017 04:03 AM (UTC).
Buildings have been lost and people were told to leave their homes as two fast-growing wildfires threatened communities Friday across central British Columbia. Justine Hunse of the BC Wildfire Service said a blaze was burning across a seven-square-kilometre area outside Ashcroft, about 100 kilometres west of Kamloops. "We have preformed a tactical evacuation in the area, which means that firefighters have gone door-to-door to evacuate folks at very short notice," she said. The fire was partly within the boundaries of the Ashcroft Indian Reserve and structures have been "impacted," Hunse said. She could not confirm the extent of the damage. Hunse said recent weather conditions have been persistently hot and dry, pushing the risk of fire to extreme. "We've really seen the fire danger rating spike over the last week or so," she said. Ashcroft resident Ian Douglas said he stood with a couple above the reserve and saw the flames destroy their home. "A lady I know came up ... and just as she was getting there, she and her husband watched their house burn," he told radio station CHNL. "You could just see it go."