Wildfire 2.5 kilometres from B.C. town; 4,700 people evacuated

Over the weekend and as of 7:00 AM this morning, approximately 4700 people were placed under an evacuation order due to the Parker Lake wildfire in the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. This includes the town of Fort Nelson and the Fort Nelson First Nation. I have also been informed that additional alerts affecting approximately an additional 80 properties related to the holdover and Parker Lake wildfires. Have just been upgraded to evacuation orders as well. This is an extremely difficult time for the people that have been impacted. Our thoughts are with you and the province is there to support you. The Parker Lake wildfire, which started on May 10th, is now over 5280 hectares and located 2.5 kilometers West of the town of Fort Nelson. The next 48 hours will be a challenging situation for the Rock Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. Given forecasted ongoing westerly winds and extremely dry and volatile fuels in the area, we may begin to see volatile wildfire activity later this afternoon. BC Wildfire Service, wildfire crews and local fire crews and fire departments from across the province are doing everything they can do to protect homes and the community.

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