Canada wildfires: Border town evacuated as blazes cross into US

Thousands of people have been ordered to leave a Canadian border town due to an “out-of-control” wildfire.

The fire, known as Eagle Bluff, has triggered evacuation orders in Osoyoos, British Columbia, with officials estimating it is around 2,200 acres (3.44 square miles) in size on the Canadian side of the border.

It is believed to be around 2,000 acres (3.13 square miles) big on the US side of the border in Washington state.

“There are Initial Attack crew personnel, several single resources, two helicopters, structure protection personnel and
heavy equipment responding to the incident” in Osoyoos, the British Columbia Wildfire Service said.

“A total of 732 properties have been under evacuation order and 2,094 are under evacuation alerts. 132 people have sought emergency support,” regional district information officer Erick Thompson told a news briefing.

Around 6,700 people live in the evacuated town.

Temperatures in the town are expected to hit 33C (91F), with the average high for July around 30C (86F).