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Oil and gas workers evacuated near B.C. wildfire

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Oil and gas workers are subject to an evacuation order southeast of Tumbler Ridge, B.C., as the Red Deer Creek fire continues to spread.


According to a statement from the municipality of Tumbler Ridge, the fire had reached 650 hectares in size by Tuesday morning.

“By the end of (Tuesday) it is expected to cover about 2,000 hectares, and by the end of (Wednesday) it is predicted to have grown to 4,000 hectares,” the municipality said.

It said the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch has four air tankers, five helicopters and 70 firefighters working on the flames that were initially caused by lightning.

According to the provincial government, the fire is approximately 61 kilometres outside of the municipality.

About 200 workers have been evacuated from the camps southeast of the municipality so far.

Meanwhile, the Peace River South school district is expected to be transformed into a command post for the Wildfire Management Branch.

“This is in no way indicates that there is any immediate threat to Tumbler Ridge,” the municipality said.

An update is expected at noon Wednesday.

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