British Columbia wildfire prompts emergency in two communities

Dozens of wildfires burning across British Columbia have forced two communities to declare states of emergency.

A state of emergency was issued Saturday morning after a 16-hectare fire caused the evacuation of about 100 residences in Port Hardy. The Squamish Lillooet Regional District also issued a state of emergency due to a 500-hectare fire northwest of Pemberton, Vancouver 24 hrs reported.

Fire is believed to began Friday night on the Tsulquate River, about 1.5 kilometres west of Port Hardy.

Emergency declaration will allow the district to bill the province for expenses it incurs during the blaze.

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