Evacuation order issued for Canadian town as wildfire crosses over from US

July 30 (Reuters) – An evacuation order has been issued for the Canadian city of Osoyoos and its surrounding district due to an out-of-control wildfire that has crossed the border from the U.S. state of Washington.

The wildfire, called Eagle Bluff, is about 4 kilometers (2.49 miles) from Osoyoos, according to the British Columbia Wildfire Service.

It is about 200 hectares on the Canadian side of the border and 2,000 hectares on the US side, it added.

Osoyoos and the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District issued the alert late Saturday night, citing “potential danger to life and health.”

The evacuation order covers the area north of the Canada-US border to the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 3, as well as west and north along Highway 3.

Reporting by Rishabh Jaiswal in Bengaluru; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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