Pemberton wildfire grows 24 times in size overnight

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A wildfire northwest of Pemberton has grown 24-times in size overnight, causing an evacuation order for the region.

The fire is currently 29,700 acres, the area of the City of Vancouver, and has forced an evacuation order for the Boulder Creek region. The fire was discovered on Tuesday, June 30, 25 km northwest of Pemberton, and was only 1,235 acres yesterday.

According to fire officials, zero per cent of the fast-moving blaze is contained.

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The evacuation order has been implemented for both sides of the Lillooet Forest Service Road, from the 9 kilometre mark to the top of the Pemberton Valley.

“It’s affected primarily industrial personnel in the area, as there were various worksites along this route that needed to be shut down,” said fire information officer Melissa Klassen.

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The fire is thriving off the extreme drought codes in the region, causing it to spread fast and vigorously. It was determined that the fire was caused by lightning.

Currently, just 13 firefighters and four helicopters are working on extinguishing the fire.

Klassen also said this wildfire is one of several blazes that are contributing to the smoke seen around Metro Vancouver today. This includes the Elaho Valley wildfire, which has grown to around 49,400 acres.

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