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

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

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

On Sunday at 8 p.m., Gerry Thiessen the chair of the RDBN signed a cancellation order bringing an end to the one-day State of Local Emergency implemented on Saturday evening.

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.

BC Hydro wouldn't say whether the outages were connected to the wildfire.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako issued a state of emergency Saturday night and ordered people to leave an area near the community of Lejac, about five kilometres east of Fraser Lake.

"There are evacuations for residents being assessed", said BC Wildfire Service spokesperson Molly Blower.

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

This photo of the Lejac Fire near Fraser Lake in British Columbia is provided by the British Columbia Wildfire Service.

Pritchard cautioned with the coming wind change to the west, the smoke may sit on Fraser Lake, but said residents shouldn't be concerned about the fire itself.

As of Sunday afternoon, Mike Pritchard with the Prince George Fire Centre said fire crews had managed to create guards, or fuel breaks, using machinery around 70 per cent of the fire, and were anticipating the fire would be fully surrounded by Sunday evening.

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

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

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

"The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is in the process of implementing evacuation alerts and orders for some areas near the fire", said Blower.

The fire has also forced evacuation alerts to nearby communities.

Videos from social media Saturday showed an eerie plume of smoke that kept growing, as an air tanker dropped fire retardant on the north and south flanks.

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

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