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A wildfire has burned 90% of the village that recorded Canada’s highest ever temperature, the local MP says. Brad Vis said the fire had caused extensive damage to Lytton, in British Columbia, and to surrounding critical infrastructure. Jan Polderman, mayor of Lytton, told the BBC he had been “lucky to get out with my own life”. “There won’t be very much left of Lytton,” he said. “There was fire everywhere. The village this week recorded the country’s highest ever temperature of 49.6°C (121.3°F). Abnormally high temperatures have been recorded in swathes of North America. British Columbia, in western Canada, recorded 486 deaths over five days compared with an average of 165 in normal times.

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