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The city of Vancouver, British Columbia, seen through a haze on a scorching hot day, June 29, 2021. Photo: Don MacKinnon / AFP

A Canadian village issued an evacuation order Wednesday due to a wildfire blazing through the village, one day after the town set the all-time national heat record of 121°F.

The big picture: Lytton Mayor Jan Polderman urged all residents to "leave the community and go to a safe location," per the order.

Driving the news: Lytton — located about 195 miles east of Vancouver — reached temperatures of 121°F on Tuesday, the highest temperature ever recorded in Canada, Axios' Andrew Freedman reports.

  • At least 486 people have died in British Columbia since Friday due to the heat wave.
  • "It's dire. The whole town is on fire," Polderman told CBC News. "It took, like, a whole 15 minutes from the first sign of smoke to, all of a sudden, there being fire everywhere."
  • There are at least 78 fires burning in British Columbia currently, up by 55 over the last two days, per the B.C. Wildfire Dashboard.

What he's saying: "At the First Nation band office, the fire was a wall about three, four feet high coming up to the fence line. I drove through town and it was just smoke, flames, the wires were down," Polderman told CBC News.

Go deeper: At least 486 dead in British Columbia amid historic heat wave

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Monster California wildfires force fresh evacuations and raze more homes

Plumes of wildfire smoke rise as trees burn during the Dixie Fire near Susanville, California, on Wednesday. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Two massive wildfires were threatening Northern California communities as a smaller blaze tore through a mobile home park amid gusty conditions late Wednesday, with much of the region under red flag warnings.

The latest: Fresh mandatory evacuation orders were issued for Susanville as the historic Dixie Fire closed in on the Lassen County town. Meanwhile, the monster Calder Fire continued to raze structures in the Sierra Nevada — including a church and a school, per the Los Angeles Times.

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Scoop: Facebook exec warns of "more bad headlines"

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid.”

Catch up quick: Roughly two dozen news outlets had agreed to hold stories based on leaked materials from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for Monday publication — but the embargo fell apart Friday night as participating newsrooms posted a batch of articles ahead of the weekend.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

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