State of emergency declared, evacuations ordered amid central B.C. wildfire

State of emergency declared, evacuations ordered amid central B.C. wildfire

As of Saturday night, it was estimated to be about 260 hectares in size and was considered to be zero per cent contained.

As of Sunday morning, fire crews had managed to create guards, or fuel breaks, using machinery around 70 per cent of the fire.

As of Sunday evening, that fire was categorized as being held.

She adds there are now 20 firefighters on scene and notes they'll be working throughout the night.

We will continue to being more information as it becomes available.

(Update @ 10:58 a.m. on May 12): An active wildfire that prompted the declaration of a local state of emergency and several evacuations is still not under control.

"There are evacuations for residents being assessed", she said. He couldn't say for sure but he didn't think any people were forced to leave.

The wildfire service website says that blaze, spotted Saturday in the Coffee Creek subdivision outside Charlie Lake, has been completely contained and a cause is under investigation.

The Lejac wildfire was discovered on Friday, May 3rd, and 40 firefighters are being assisted by two helicopters and several pieces of heavy equipment.

Despite some rain in the forecast on Tuesday for the region, Thiessen says "significant precipitation" is needed.

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"Our concern is what it will do to the fire", he said.

"We've gone since nearly Christmas - very early in January - since we've had significant snowfall".

"This is very unusual and it's concerning", he said.

According to Molly Blower, BCWS fire information officer, the first call reporting the fire came in at about 3 p.m. this afternoon.

Firefighters in central British Columbia have made significant progress in containing a wildfire burning west of Prince George on Sunday, during the busiest weekend this year for the B.C. Wildfire Service.

There are now 20 BCWS firefighters on size battling the fire who will remain at the fire throughout the night.

Blower said 16 firefighters are on site along with air tankers.

The state of emergency and evacuation order for a community in Northern B.C. affected by wildfire have been lifted.

An evacuation alert has been implemented for the area south of Hwy 16 to south of Klez Lake and east of Drywilliam Lake. "At this time the fire is suspected to be human-caused".

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