British Columbia

Wildfire forces evacuation of 12 homes near Nanaimo, B.C.

A forest fire near Nanaimo, B.C. has forced roughly 12 homes to evacuate in the suburban neighbourhood of Cedar.

The fire is 20 hectares in size and is not contained

A forest fire near Nanaimo, B.C. is threatening homes in the suburban neighbourhood of Cedar. (@kcco_dasher/Twitter)

A forest fire near Nanaimo, B.C. has forced roughly 12 homes to evacuate in the suburban neighbourhood of Cedar. 

The fire is 20 hectares in size and moving in a southerly direction, according to officials. It started in a hay field, and spread to the grass and nearby trees. 

Air tankers have been deployed to the area to fight the fire, which is releasing thick, grey smoke.

"Winds have died down, which is helping fire fighters in their efforts," the Town of Ladysmith said on its website. Four homes have been evacuated in Ladysmith and it has activated its emergency operations centre. 

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