Evacuation alert issued for wildfire on Sunshine Coast
CTV News Vancouver
Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019 6:59AM PDT
Last Updated Tuesday, June 25, 2019 6:52PM PDT
Officials have issued an evacuation alert for several homes on the Sunshine Coast as crews battle a growing wildfire near Pender Harbour.
The alert applies to everyone staying at about half a dozen properties along Cecil Hill Road, who have been instructed to be ready to flee on short notice.
"Residents may be asked to leave their residence on 10 minutes notice and travel to reception centres, which will be identified to them," the Sunshine Coast Regional District said in a news release.
"In the meantime, residents should prepare by organizing an emergency supply kit with necessary medications, personal toiletries, change of clothing and personal and family documents."
The nine-hectare blaze, which is suspected to be human-caused, broke out on Monday and quickly doubled in size.
At least seven helicopters and 49 firefighters are battling the blaze.
BC Wildfire Service told CTV News it hopes that wet or very wet weather will make an impact on Wednesday.