Sept. 24, 2009, Clinton, B.C. - A raging wildfire in the British Columbia Interior has sparked the evacuation of approximately 75 residents and local officials have declared a state of emergency as flames sweep within one kilometre of nearby homes.
September 24, 2009 By The Canadian Press
Liz Cornwell with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District says the evacuation order was put in place when the Hihium Lake fire, near the town of Clinton and northwest of Kamloops, grew from 40 hectares Wednesday afternoon to 600 hectares Wednesday night.
Cornwell says the fire is a threat to people, homes, ranches and recreational properties in the area and the evacuation order affects all properties within three kilometres of Hihium Lake.
RCMP officers spent Wednesday night going door-to-door ordering residents, who were put on evacuation alert earlier in the day, to check in at an emergency social services centre in nearby Cache Creek, B.C.
B.C.'s forest fire season has been especially fierce, forcing the province to raise its forest firefighting budget from $62 million to more than $400 million.
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