A small Canadian town was ravaged by an ongoing wildfire Thursday after suffering the nation’s all-time hottest temperatures for three consecutive days this week.
Most of the homes and buildings in Lytton, British Columbia, have been destroyed and some of the town’s roughly 1,000 residents are missing in the wildfire that forced people to evacuate Wednesday night, officials said.
The devastating Lytton wildfire spans more than 30 square miles – and is one of many fires burning in the area, according to the British Columbia Wildlife Service.
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“Three consecutive days of the highest temperature on record in Canadian history have all occurred in Lytton this week,” British Columbia Premier John Horgan said in a television appearance.
“Having a heat wave and a horrible fire is so disturbing and so difficult for people in this community,” he said.
Lytton hit a sweltering temperature of 115 degrees on Sunday, 118.2 degrees on Monday and 121.2 degrees on Tuesday, marking three consecutive days of record high temperatures for Canada.
Local authorities are working to determine where residents have fled.
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Lilliane Graie, Lytton City Council Member, on behalf of Mayor Jan Polderman, said in a written statement: “Our people are scattered north and south and we are trying to establish who is where.”
Some people reportedly escaped about 40 miles north of a recreation center in Lillooet.
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