Some residents get wildfire evacuation alert on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast

SECHELT, B.C. — An evacuation alert has been posted for seven properties in Pender Harbour on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast because a wildfire is burning on the hillside above.

The Sunshine Coast Regional District says residents along Cecil Hill Road may be asked to leave with 10 minutes notice and travel to reception centres.

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Wildfire information officer Marg Drysdale says the fire is burning in a very dense forested area, but skimmer planes had been able to knock back some of the fire on Tuesday.

The district says residents should prepare by gathering an emergency supply kit with medications, toiletries, clothing and personal and family documents.

Drysdale says the fire started on Monday and is about five hectares in size.

She says the Pender Harbour Fire Department has also set up structure protection on the homes that are threatened.

The district says if residents are required to leave, detailed evacuation instructions will be provided by local emergency personnel.

The drought level for the area in the South Coast Basin has been rated as very dry.

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