More than 1,000 people and major hydro dams under evacuation orders as wildfires cloak much of B.C. in smoke

CBC News
September 12, 2022
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than a thousand people have been ordered out of their homes as a number of uncontrolled wildfires burn across B.C., with the flames looming over critical power infrastructure… The largest wildfire of note is Battleship Mountain in the province’s northeast which, on Monday, was estimated to be 280 square kilometres… The lightning-caused fire prompted an evacuation order for the entire community of Hudson’s Hope, northeast of Prince George, on Saturday night. …Wildfire spokesperson Sarah Hall said teams had “huge success” in controlling the Battleship Mountain fire through controlled burns, but …it is too soon to know when people might be allowed to return home. …Blazes in Hope, B.C., prompted evacuation orders and alerts, as well as the closure of the eastbound lanes of Highway 1. …Drive B.C. said the highway reopened in both directions Monday afternoon but the highway is limited to single-lane traffic and reduced speeds.

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