Thousands evacuated in Canada as intense wildfire approaches town

British Columbia wildfire service says blaze is burning 2km from Fort Nelson and encourages remaining people to leave

An intense wildfire could hit a town in western Canada on Monday, based on forecasts of strong winds that have been fueling the out-of-control blaze which has already forced the evacuation of thousands, fire experts and officials warned.

The British Columbia wildfire service said the blaze is burning just 2km (1.2 miles) north-west of Fort Nelson, which has already seen about 3,500 people evacuated from there after an order to leave was issued on Friday.

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