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Wildfires force evacuations near Fort St. John

April 19, 2016, Fort St. John, B.C. - A number of wildfires in northern British Columbia have closed roads and forced residents from their homes.

April 19, 2016
By The Canadian Press

Fort St. John RCMP Const. Josh Swanback says police have evacuated homes near three different fires, including one near Baldonell, one near Charlie Lake on Highway 29 and one further north on the Alaska Highway.

Swanback could not say how many people in total had been evacuated, but says there are a number of other fires that are also burning that have not yet forced any evacuations.

DriveBC reports Highway 29 has been closed in both directions from Bear Flats to Halfway River Bridge because of a fire.

Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says firefighters are prioritizing the fires and more crews are on the way to help battle the blazes.

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Swanback says warm, windy weather is fanning the flames and causing the wildfires to spread.


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