After a British Columbian village, also known as "Canada's hot spot", broke records over three consecutive days for the highest temperatures ever recorded in Canada, it is being evacuated.
At 6 p.m. today, Mayor Jan Polder issued an evacuation order for Lytton, due to “a fire event within the Village of Lytton [that] is threatening structures and the safety of residents within the municipality”.
The village has a population of over 200 people.
In addition to the B.C. heat wave, wildfire crews have been battling blazes throughout the B.C. Interior.
Lytton, which is situated at the junction of the Thompson and Fraser rivers, has previously set several temperature records in Canada but it set a new record during the recent heat wave by hitting 49.6 C on June 29.