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Canada heatwave: Lightning triggers wildfires in British Columbia

More than 130 wildfires - fuelled by lightning strikes - are burning across western Canada following a record-breaking heatwave.

Canada's federal government said it would send military aircraft to help emergency workers battling to control the fires in British Columbia.

Earlier this week, people had to flee the village of Lytton in the province.

Lytton, which recorded Canada's highest ever temperature of 49.6C (121.3F) on Tuesday, was destroyed by fire.

The blaze in the village - about 260km (160 miles) north-east of Vancouver - forced many of its 250 residents to leave without their belongings on Wednesday evening.


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