The Canadian government ordered the evacuation of residents of the town of Osoyoos, in the province of British Columbia. The note was issued last Sunday night (30) after a forest fire got out of control and crossed the Canadian border with Washington state, USA.
The forest fire, which Canadian authorities have named Eagle Bluff, is about 4 kilometers from Osoyoos. According to the Osoyoos economic development website, this Canadian city has a population of around 6,700.
The fires are estimated to be 885 hectares on the Canadian side of the border, according to the British Columbia Wildfire Service (BCWS).
The fires are estimated to be burning on about 2,000 acres on the US side of the border according to the BCWS.
Wildfires cross the border between Canada and the United States (Photo: REUTERS/Jesse Winter)
“There were initial strike team personnel, several individual assets, two helicopters, structure protection personnel and heavy equipment responding to the incident,” BCWS said last Sunday.
The evacuation order covers the area north of the Canada-US border to the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 3, and north along Highway 3.
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