British Columbia: As the evacuation of Fort Nelson, B.C., extends into its second week due to the Parker Lake wildfire, additional RCMP officers and power generators are being deployed to the area. The wildfire, which started on May 10 after a tree fell on a powerline, prompted the evacuation of over 4,700 residents. Recent rain and cooler temperatures have aided firefighters, but officials caution that it’s still unclear when it will be safe for residents to return. In the interim, the RCMP is increasing patrols in Fort Nelson, including the Fort Nelson First Nation and Prophet River First Nations, to secure homes and businesses against potential crimes.

To ensure a steady power supply during the emergency, B.C. Hydro is sending backup generators to Fort Nelson, where power had been cut to about 100 customers northwest of the community at the BC Wildfire Service’s request. This move aims to support the firefighting efforts and maintain essential services. Reports of looting have surfaced, with the RCMP confirming arrests related to property crimes, although specific details are pending. Community leader Fraser, who has stayed in Fort Nelson, reported a strong police presence and no observed damage to businesses, expressing confidence in the authorities’ ability to manage the situation.

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