Lytton, in central British Columbia, broke the country’s temperature record in three consecutive days followed by an outbreak of a forest fire.
Mayor Jan Polderman of Lytton issued the evacuation order Wednesday saying, “All residents are advised to leave the community and go to a safe location,″ In the following interview, the mayor gave an insight on the obnoxious situation of the town, he said, “It took, like, a whole 15 minutes from the first sign of smoke to, all of a sudden, there being fire everywhere.”
“The town has sustained structural damage and 90% of the village is burned, including the center of the town,” Brad Vis, a Member of Parliament for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, added in a Facebook post.
Videos were recorded by residents of the area who had to evacuate their homes leaving their belongings and pets. The videos have taken the social media sites by storm, and activists like Greta Thunberg also retweeted the news.
The situation did not become so overwhelming overnight. Lytton recorded extremely high temperatures on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday with recorded values being 115 F,118.2 F, and 121.2 F respectively. The BC Wildfire Service viewed the blaze as an ‘evolving situation.’The BC Wildfire Service was also tackling other fires in the north of Big White as well as the Sparks Lake wildfire.
Death rates were higher than usual in British Columbia past week, as 486 sudden deaths were reported over five days to Wednesday which is nearly triple the number of usual deaths occurring in the province.