BC Burns As Hot Weekend Arrives

By CKPGToday
August 10, 2018 - 5:16am Updated: August 10, 2018 - 6:26pm

PRINCE GEORGE - There are more than 350 wildfires burning across British Columbia this morning. The figure includes several major fires burning in the Bulkley Valley from Tweedsmuir Park in the south to the Nation River in the north.  

The largest fire is the Shovel Lake fire.  Once again crews were pulled off the fire as winds fed the flames Thursday.  It grew from 12,000 hectares to over 16,000 hectares in 24 hours.  An evacuation order is in place around the fire while the expanded evacuation alert now reaches as far east as Fort St James.  

An expanded evacuation order is in place around the Island Lake fire which is threatening to move beyond the eastern tip of Francois Lake.  A number of structures are being threatened in the area and sprinkler systems are being set up in an effort to save them.  The fire has grown to 9,000 hectares. 

Dozens of residences are under evacuation orders from the Verdun Mountain fire, the Nadina Lake fire, the Torkelson Lake fire, and the Purvis Lake fire.  All of the fires grew aggressively Thursday with winds in the region. 

Evacuation Centres have been opened in a number of communities across the region including Fraser Lake, Burns Lake and Terrace.

And to add to the challenge, wildfire crews are facing a weather forecast that calls for hot dry conditions through next week.

 

Shovel Lake Fire Evacuation Order Expanded

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