Fort St. John evacuation initiated after two wildfires merge

    1 of 2 2 of 2

      While an evacuation order was issued in Fort McMurray due to wildfires, Alberta, a state of emergency was declared in British Columbia's Peace River Regional District, which includes several towns and First Nations reserves.

      Two fires near the Mile 80 area of the Alaska Highway had merged on May 5, and had crossed over into Alberta. The fire is about 10,000 hectares in size and is burning about 50 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John.

      An evacuation order was issued for 45 homes near Fort St. John, British Columbia. The order is in effect for the Mile 80 area of the Alaska Highway.

      There are also evacuation alerts for areas in close proximity, which means residents need to be prepared to leave.

      There are 40 active fires burning in northern B.C.

      A revised evacuation alert map for the Beatton Airport Road Area was issued by the Peace River Regional District at 12:17 p.m. today (May 6).

      You can follow Craig Takeuchi on Twitter at