Wildfire spreading near Fraser Lake

A wildfire burns east of Fraser Lake. Courtesy Lorna Paul

The fire is now 10 hectares, and Molly Blower from B.C. Wildfire said residents in the area are believed to be OK.

Another wildfire, one hectate in size, broke out Saturday east of Prince George near Giscome.

Crews have been making good progress on the fire, which is now considered 50% contained and 70% guarded. "[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".

The area on fire is described as being a mixture of both grass and timber.

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

The BC Wildfire Service says 16 of its firefighters and air tankers have responded to the wildfire.

"We're very encouraged", said Gerry Thiessen, chair of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.

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Winds are expected to pick up Sunday afternoon, he notes.

Forty firefighters, two helicopters and several pieces of heavy equipment are now deployed to fight the blaze.

The cause remains under investigation, but Thiessen said that with no recent lightning in the area it appears to have been human-caused.

"We've gone since nearly Christmas - very early in January - since we've had significant snowfall". "We're hoping that we get some precipitation and we will be able to get through the summer with as few fires as possible".

Residents have been forced out of their homes as a wildfire grows near Fraser Lake Saturday.

A wildfire believed to be human-caused is threatening an area five kilometres west of Fraser Lake.

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