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The Canadian town of Lytton in British Columbia has been engulfed in flames after temperatures there soared to a record 121 degrees Fahrenheit.
Not good. This is the last image from the Lytton weather station webcam before it went off line around 540 pm local. Last weather report from Lytton was at 541 pm with a temperature of 37C and winds gusting to 67 kmh #BCFires pic.twitter.com/imM0VH5aeD
— Rob’s Obs (@robsobs) July 1, 2021
The town’s mayor, Jan Polderman issued a town-wide evacuation order at 6 p.m. on June 30 urging residents to safely leave the village because a “fire event” is threatening the “building structures and safety of the residents within the municipality.”
“It’s dire —the whole town is on fire…It’s bad, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Polderman told CNBC journalist Meera Bains.
Images of the fire could be seen on weather radar.
Absolutely mind-blowing wildfire behavior in British Columbia.
Incredible & massive storm-producing pyrocumulonimbus plumes. pic.twitter.com/kH39IuX1ez
— Dakota Smith (@weatherdak) July 1, 2021
Climate scientist for UCLA Daniel Swain tweeted that the wildfire was the “singularly most extreme” he had ever seen on satellite.
“This is a literal firestorm, producing thousands of lightning strikes and almost certainly countless new fires,” he wrote.
Videos show residents driving to escape the burning town, which is home to about 250 people.
The videos emerging of residents frantically fleeing Lytton, BC giving some eerie vibes to some of what we’ve seen in Northern Alberta in recent years. pic.twitter.com/ZF3GjYXC8C
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) July 1, 2021
Another resident tweeted that her living room was on fire as she fled her house.
“All I know is ash was falling from the sky and blinding me, so I rushed and packed. My last trip to the car, I could see fire on either end of the front of my house,” she wrote.
On Tuesday, Lytton broke the record for the all-time highest temperatures in Canada for the third straight day.
Lytton is just one area hit by a scorching heatwave raging across the Pacific Northwest that has sent more than 1,100 people to the hospital so far and has been linked to the deaths of hundreds.
The town is largely touted as a tourist location with several heritage parks and campsites, and is situated at the confluence of the Fraser River and Thompson River, about 160 miles from Vancouver.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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