Fort Nelson evacuees wait it out as incoming weather holds key to B.C. firefight

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — As a fast-growing wildfire bore down on Fort Nelson, B.C., Ariel Keating, her girlfriend, their dog Louie and their cat Macaroni joined a sluggish convoy of evacuees heading south on Sunday.

Keating said the scene got “a little hectic” at the gas station, as arguments broke out among evacuees, but all was settled as they got on the road for the 380-kilometre drive from their community in the province’s far northeast corner to Fort St. John. 

“It got a little bit wild, but it was okay,” Keating said Tuesday outside the hotel where the couple and their pets are now holed up. 

Now they

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