Lytton sets another all-time temperature record for Canada at 47.9 C as wildfire burns seven kilometres away

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      A town in the Fraser Canyon was hotter yesterday than Las Vegas has been in all the years that temperatures have been recorded in that city.

      The mercury reached 47.9 C in Lytton on June 28, eclipsing the previous record that it set on June 27 at 46.6 C.

      Other highs on Monday included Ashcroft at a blistering 46.4 C, Lillooet at 45.6 C, Kamloops at 44.9 C, Clearwater at 43.7 C, Squamish Airport at 43 C, Abbotsford and Kelowna at 42.9 C, Osooyoos and Port Alberni at 42.7, Aggasiz and Pitt Meadows at 41.4, Malahat at 41.3, Whistler at 41.2, and Summerland at 40.3 C.

      There are two wildfires of note in the Kamloops Fire Centre.

      The Sparks Lake blaze is 180 hectares and is classified as out of control. It's 15 kilometres north of Kamloops Lake. There is an evacuation alert for nine properties in the area.

      The George Road wildfire is seven kilometres south of Lytton and covers 350 hectares. It's also classified as out of control but previous evacuation orders have been rescinded.