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Hundreds of people were evacuated in western Canada as fires added to the unprecedented heat wave in the region, which for days has been baking in record-breaking temperatures. The fire came a day after the village, in the province of British Columbia, set a Canadian record high temperature on Tuesday of 49.6 degrees Celsius (121 degrees Fahrenheit). “A fire… is threatening structures and the safety of residents,” a statement signed by Mayor Jan Polderman on Wednesday said. “The fire situation is extremely dangerous right now.” On Thursday, the heat wave continued to move eastward into the central Canadian prairies. In addition to British Columbia, heatwave warnings have been issued for the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and parts of the Northwest Territories, and now northern Ontario.

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