Canadian town is consumed by wildfires days after breaking country's heat ...

Canadian town is consumed by wildfires days after breaking country's heat ...
Canadian town is consumed by wildfires days after breaking country's heat ...

An entire Canadian village has been forced to evacuate because of wildfires days after it recorded the country's hottest ever temperature - 121F.

Lytton in British Columbia ordered all 300 of its residents to flee on Wednesday, as wildfires triggered by a record-breaking heatwave moved in.

The village's mayor Jan Polderman issued the evacuation ordered at 6PM PST, around an hour after the fast-moving blaze began, and told CBC: 'It's dire. The whole town is on fire.

'It took, like, a whole 15 minutes from the first sign of smoke to, all of a sudden, there being fire everywhere.

'At the First Nation band office, the fire was a wall about three, four feet high coming up to the fence line. I drove through town and it was just smoke, flames, the wires were down.'

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At least 20 structures are so-far reported to have been destroyed in the small village, which sits around 170 miles north east of Vancouver. 

Lytton in British Columbia was consumed by flames on Wednesday evening - one day after experiencing the hottest weather ever recorded in Canada -121F

Lytton in British Columbia was consumed by flames on Wednesday evening - one day after experiencing the hottest weather ever recorded in Canada -121F

The village - which has a population of 300 - was ordered to evacuate by mayor Jan Polderman at 6pm PST Wednesday. He said the situation caused by the fire was 'dire'

The village - which has a population of 300 - was ordered to evacuate by mayor Jan Polderman at 6pm PST Wednesday. He said the situation caused by the fire was 'dire' 

Around 20 buildings have so far been destroyed by the blaze. It is unclear if anyone was injured

Around 20 buildings have so far been destroyed by the blaze. It is unclear if anyone was injured 

British Columbia has been hit by multiple wildfires because of record-breaking heat, including these two near Kamloops Lake

British Columbia has been hit by multiple wildfires because of record-breaking heat, including these two near Kamloops Lake 

Two highways to the north and south of Lytton have been closed, with firefighters also dealing with two other wildfires in the locality, whose area spanned at least 350 hectares.  

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There have not been any reports of injuries so far, with the evacuation alert sending people to pack up their families, pets and belongings so they could flee their homes. 

Lytton was hit by the inferno after recording Canada's hottest ever temperature three days in a row earlier this week.

The maximum temperature recorded there was a searing 121F on Tuesday, with baking weather blamed for the flames now engulfing Lytton.

British Columbia has been hit by two separate wildfires - a 15 square mile blaze near Kamloops Lake, which has forced the evacuation of 160 homes.

And a 20 square mile fire is burning in Lillooet, with four helicopters drafted in to help battle that blaze. 

Paramedics in Spokane, Washington, check on the welfare of a man in the city's Mission Park on Wednesday

Paramedics in Spokane, Washington, check on the welfare of a man in the city's Mission Park on Wednesday 

Paramedics help a man in Salem who fell ill during recent heat. Salem broke its temperature record when it hit 117F on Wednesday

Paramedics help a man in Salem who fell ill during recent heat. Salem broke its temperature record when it hit 117F on Wednesday

The five day heatwave is feared to have killed 400 people across the Pacific Northwest. A heat exposure patient is stretchered into an ambulance in Salem, Oregon, on Saturday

The five day heatwave is feared to have killed 400 people across

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