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Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra ordered Canada’s two major railroad operators to step up their fire prevention efforts as of Sunday as wildfires continue to scorch British Columbia. The Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways must ensure a 60-minute response time to any fires detected along rail lines running through Lytton, B.C., with the goal of extinguishing or controlling the blaze and asking the local fire service for help if necessary, Alghabra said in a release. “Unprecedented weather conditions in British Columbia continue to pose a serious threat to public safety and railway operations,” the statement reads. “The government of Canada remains committed to supporting those affected by the devastating wildfires in British Columbia and will not hesitate to take any safety actions that are necessary to mitigate these risks to public safety and the integrity of railway tracks and infrastructure.” The ministerial order comes after the Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation as a result of new information on the suspected source of a devastating wildfire that raced through Lytton on June 30.

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