UPDATE: Peace River Regional District Orders Evacuation Due To Wildfire Growth

By Ashley Burr
May 27, 2018 - 9:01am Updated: May 27, 2018 - 10:57am

FORT ST. JOHN - The BC Wildfire Service says the fire is in the Tommy Lakes area. The fire, located approximately 29km northeast of mile 109 Hwy 97 (Alaska Highway), was first discovered on Tuesday. 

UPDATE: As of 9:47am this morning the Tommy Lakes wildfire is now an estimated 20,000 hectares in size.

The Peace River Regional District issued an evacuation order for Electoral Area B due to the Tommy Lakes wildfire. The evacuation order is in effect for: 
The junction of Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beatton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continues stopping near Two Creeks Road near the Beatton River. Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road. 

A reception centre for evacuees has been set up at the Pomeroy Sports Centre located at 9324 96 Street, Fort St. John.

Bucketing helicopters are working with crews to aid in the fire suppression efforts. According to the BC Wildfire Service, this blaze was originally two separate fires, located in Beatton Lake and Tommy Lakes Road. On Friday, the two fires met and became one.

Another blaze, located in the Kahta Creek area, Northeast of Pink Mountain off Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) is no longer considered to be a wildfire of note. 

Wildfires can be viewed on the active wildfires map.

The BC Wildfire Service says both fires were caused by lightning.

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