Crews 'very encouraged' by progress on Central B.C. wildfire

Crews 'very encouraged' by progress on Central B.C. wildfire

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

Austin said the forecasters that stay behind can also help firefighters as well as county and state officials by producing spot forecasts for fire-impacted areas.

The areas previously under an evacuation alert - residences within the boundaries south of Hwy 16 to south of Klez Lake and east of Drywilliam Lake - have been entirely revoked. Blower said 70 per cent of the fire is being guarded by machines and the other 30 per cent of the fire is being guarded by natural fuel breaks.

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

The blaze has forced the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako to declare a state of emergency, which has been in place since Saturday night.

Thiessen said he first received a call at around 4 p.m. when the fire had scorched about four hectares, and it grew to 65 times that size by the evening. "[Saturday], when the incredible growth happened, the winds were just really hard so that has been a good thing that overnight, with the 20 workers that were on the site, that they were able to work with that".

"There are evacuations for residents being assessed", she said.

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

The wildfire is believed to be human-caused, but that is still under investigation.

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"There were tiny little fires everywhere, the ground was pretty charred and the trees were gone", she said, adding that flames were still "shooting up" and cresting another hill above.

"We haven't had any significant snow or rain since nearly Christmas so that's a real concern for us", he said.

"This is very unusual and it's concerning and I just hope people are careful as we go through this summer".

Thiessen said he's concerned the season seems to be getting longer.

Residents of Fraser Lake B.C. watch smoke billow up from a wildfire on Saturday May 11, 2019.

The fire, estimated at 260 hectares as of Sunday morning at 10 a.m., prompted evacuation orders and alerts in the area.

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

Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer for the B.C. Wildfire Service, said on Sunday that the fire is close to some structures, but crews and air tankers are making progress on the six-hectare fire.

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