- Wednesday evening, all 250 Lytton residents were forced to flee their homes as a wildfire engulfed the entire town, says CNN.
- The wildfire is out of control and has already destroyed the entire town, says CBC.
How hot were temperatures in Lytton, Canada?
- Temperatures in Lytton reached just over 121 degrees Fahrenheit, reports BBC.
- This is the highest temperature ever recorded in Canada.
Between the hot temperatures, dryness and gusty winds, Lytton’s weather conditions put it at extreme risk of wildfire, says BBC.
For anyone just learning about #Lytton and seeing the fires, it’s a great, historic little town at an important river meeting. Here’s some shots of what it looks like without the smoke and flames. (Chinese History Museum, the jelly roll, street signs, confluence) pic.twitter.com/z1t3tGMMA9— Brendan Kergin (@BKergin) July 1, 2021
How severe is the wildfire?
“It took, like, a whole 15 minutes from the first sign of smoke to, all of a sudden, there being fire everywhere,” Polderman said to CBC.
- Wednesday evening, Polderman issued an emergency evacuation order, reports CNN.
- All 250 residents of Lytton fled as well as more than 80 people living just north of the town, says CBC.
- Residents had very little time to evacuate, many leaving their belongings as they fled in order to make it out in time, BBC reports.
“The fire was a wall about three, four feet high coming up to the fence line. I drove through town and it was just smoke, flames, the wires were down,” Polderman described to CBC.
According to reports from Lytton residents, black smoke and ash filled the air, making visibility incredibly poor. One resident even reported hearing an explosion while leaving, reports Yahoo News.
- So far, no deaths have been reported.
Another look at the devastation in Lytton, these people jumped in their car and made it out. You can see the flames spreading, the dry conditions and the smoke. Just horrific @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/4uOf40yj1b— Tarnjit Kaur Parmar (@Tarnjitkparmar) July 1, 2021
What happens now?
Nearby cities have set up reception centers to welcome evacuees, reports CNN. Firefighters in the area have still not determined the cause or size of the blaze. The Lytton wildfire is one of several out-of-control wildfires in the area.
- One Lytton evacuee, Edith Loring-Kuhanga, told CBC that “you can’t even comprehend it. Our entire town is gone.”