PRINCE GEORGE - Many of the major wildfires through the Bulkley Valley received some rain over the weekend, but only enough to slow the blazes. The Shovel Lake wildfire continued to challenge firefighters but officials have been able to steer the fire away from populated areas.
BC Wildfire officials say a fire guard has been completed on the south side of the 912 square kilometre fire. They believe fire guards they've built will prevent the fire from moving any further south. And officials say the fire hasn't moved any closer to Fort St James or Highway 17 in the last week. However, the fire continues to burn on its northern edge.
Despite the optimism, Fort St James remains under an evacuation alert. And yesterday an Area Restriction Order was put in place for the region around the fire.
To the north, fire guards are being reinforced around the Gromet Hill fire. A fire crew from New Zealand has arrived at the fire. While the wildfire has resulted in an evacuation order for Germansen Landing, no structures are being threatened at this time. The fire is about 27 square kilometres in size and is considered to be 10 percent contained.
An area restriction order is being rescinded in the area of the Hugh Allen Creek wildfire as of Tuesday at 8 am. The change is a result of the reduced fire activity and progress made by firefighting crews. However, BC Wildfire is asking the public to be cautious while travelling through the region.
To the south in the Cariboo Fire Centre, the Mayfield Lake fire is 100 percent contained. Due to minimal fire activity, it is no longer a wildfire of note. The Wild Goose Lake fire is now 80 percent contained. The 7,200-hectare blaze is no longer considered a wildfire of note. As a result, the CRD has rescinded their evacuation alert for this fire.
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