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Evacuation orders, alerts issued as 2 wildfires burn in B.C. interior

2 wildfires grow rapidly in size marking an early start to fire season
WATCH: Wildfire crews are tackling two fires in the interior that have grown rapidly since yesterday. Jennifer Palma has the details.

B.C. Wildfire crews have been called out to a pair of new wildfires Thursday.

An evacuation order was issued around 8 p.m. for two properties in the McGillivray community, west of Anderson Lake due to the Xusum Creek fire.

Four additional properties were also added to an existing evacuation alert for the community about 35 kilometres west of Lillooet.

Evacuation orders and alerts due to the Xusum Creek wildfire.
Evacuation orders and alerts due to the Xusum Creek wildfire. Squamish Lillooet Regional District

The fire has moved over Highline Road and crews are working to minimize growth in that area.

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Forty-five firefighters and five pieces of heavy equipment are on scene.

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A second blaze northwest of Kamloops is near the permieter of last year’s destructive Elephant Hill wildfire.

It covers about 800 hectares and is considered a wildfire of note. On Wednesday, it covered about 60 hectares.

The Allie Lake fire has been producing a significant amount of smoke, which is visible from several communities across a widespread area.

Forty-five firefighters, one helicopter and four pieces of heavy equipment are on scene battling the blaze.

Meanwhile, the Muddy Lake fire, burning approximately 20 kilometres northeast of Telegraph Creek is also considered a wildfire of note.

It is 612 hectares in size but is considered 100 per cent contained.