B.C. wildfires map 2018: Current location of wildfires around the province

WATCH: The Shovel Lake fire has grown once again today, now estimated at over 68-thousand hectares. Richard Zussman joins us from Fraser Lake, where residents are anxiously watching the blaze.

More wildfires are now burning around B.C. than during the record season of 2017.

The B.C. government has now declared a province-wide state of emergency.


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As of Thursday, Aug. 16, there are 46 “wildfires of note” burning across B.C.

Wildfires of note are wildfires which are highly visible or which pose a potential threat to public safety.

Seven are in the Kamloops Fire Centre, which includes the Okanagan, eight in the Cariboo Fire Centre, 17 in the Southeast Fire Centre, five in the Prince George Fire Centre, eight in the Northwest Fire Centre and one in the Coastal Fire Centre.

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There are 564 active fires burning across B.C. with the danger rating risen to ‘high’ or ‘extreme’ in virtually every part of the province. More than 435,000 hectares have burned so far.

There are 1,500 properties under evacuation order and 9,000 properties under evacuation alert. This means 3,050 people are on evacuation order with 18,720 on evacuation alert.

The cost of fighting the fires this year, to date, has now reached $204 million.

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Currently, the province says more than 3,372 firefighters and contractors are actively engaged in fighting fires in all fire regions of the province. This includes 1,427 B.C. contract personnel, as well as 436 out-of-province personnel from Alberta, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Parks Canada, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand.

The federal government is also sending 200 army personnel into B.C. along with heavy lift aircraft to help move crews and supplies.

A look at the wildfires burning August 2017 and August 2018.

The BC Wildfire Service has provided a map of where the fires are located (it may not load in high traffic times so you might need to be patient).

The larger icons are the wildfires of note.

Wildfires burning around B.C. as of Aug. 16.

Wildfires burning around B.C. as of Aug. 16.

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Kamloops Fire Centre

Gottfriedsen Mountain

This now 730 hectare wildfire is burning about 24 kilometres west of West Kelowna and about 8 kilometres north of Highway 97.

The fire did receive some precipitation overnight on Aug. 11. This assisted in firefighting efforts by decreasing fire intensity and fire behaviour.

The size of the fire has been updated however due to lack of visibility the size may change again at a later date with increased mapping accuracy.


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There is an evacuation alert in the Pennask Lake and Hatheume Lake area for this fire. Details and a map posted here.

The fire was caused by lightning.

Mabel Creek

Located 6.5 kilometres east of Mabel Lake, the Mabel Creek fire is still an estimated 1,861 hectares in size.

This fire has grown to the west past Mabel Creek and has joined with several smaller fires. The fire size was mapped at 1,861 hectares on Aug. 10.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but it is suspected to have been sparked by lightning.

It is classified as out of control.

An Area Restriction Order was put in place at 4 p.m. PT on Aug. 4 and remains in force until the earlier of 12 noon on Sept. 15, 2018 or until the order is rescinded. The order is for Crown land in the vicinity of Mabel Lake.

This order was put in place to address a public safety concern arising from the Mabel Creek Wildfire and in order to avoid interference with fire control.

The public must not remain in or enter the restricted area without the prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person:

  1. Travelling as a person acting in an official capacity; or,
  2. Travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.

The recreation site near fire K41791 on the northeast corner of Sugar Lake along with the Kate Creek FSR access road have also been closed.

They have also recommended a closure to all recreation traffic from Km 8 to Km 59 on the Mabel Lake FSR and the closure of all recreation sites along that road.

The closure does not apply to the residents in the Mable Lake Holdings community, nor other private residences along the Mabel Lake FSR. These closures are not due to fire threat but for road safety for fire crews and industry partners traveling to and from the fires. This takes effect immediately.

You can find all road closure information here.

Sugar Mountain

The 332-hectare fire is burning four kilometres east of Sugar Lake.

However, the estimated size of this fire is out-of-date as crews are currently unable to get updated data due to smoke.

It is classified as out of control.

An Area Restriction Order was put in place at 4 p.m. PT on Aug. 4 and remains in force until the earlier of 12 noon PT on Sept. 15, or until the order is rescinded. The order is for Crown land in the vicinity of Sugar Lake (west of Sugar Lake).

For the purpose of public and responder safety the Sugar Creek recreation site on the northeast corner of Sugar Lake is closed, as is the Kate Creek FSR access road.

The Mabel Lake FSR is closed from Km 10  (north the Mabel Lake Proincial Park) to Km 59 (at the junction of Highway 1) and all recreation sites along that road. The closure does not apply to the residents in the Mable Lake Holdings community, nor other private residences along the Mabel Lake FSR.

These closures are not due to fire threat but for road safety for fire crews and industry partners traveling to and from the fires.

Also, for public and responder safety, the B.C. Wildfire Service has closed the Sugar Creek recreation site on the northeast corner of Sugar Lake, along with the Kate Creek FSR access road. These are nearest to the Sugar Mountain wildfire perimeter.

Info about road closures in the area.

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Snowy Mountain

The Snowy Mountain fire is burning about 14 kilometres south of Keremeos in the Snowy Protected Area.

It is still an estimated 13,359 hectares in size but is now classified as “being held.”

More than 860 properties remain on evacuation alert due to this fire.

Please see the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for complete details.


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An area restriction order was put in effect on July 28 for Crown land in the vicinity of Placer Lake to protect public safety and the safety of firefighting personnel.

The Snowy Mountain fire on Thursday, Aug. 2.

The Snowy Mountain fire on Thursday, Aug. 2.

BC Wildfire Service

The B.C. Wildfire Service Incident Management Team assigned to the Snowy Mountain Fire is working collaboratively with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources given the fire’s proximity to the border.

The steep terrain is inoperable in some areas, and poses a safety risk to firefighting personnel. Crews are being strategically placed where it is safe and where suppression objectives can be met.

Fire equipment is being demobilized in areas where it is no longer required. .

BC Parks has closed the Snowy Protected Area, and would-be visitors are advised to check with BC Parks before heading to the area.

The fire is burning at a high elevation and is visible to the communities of Keremeos and Cawston.

The fire was caused by lightning.

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Harris Creek FSR

This 508-hectare wildfire is burning approximately 16 kilometres southeast of Lumby.

It is considered out of control and 24 firefighters battling the blaze as of Tuesday with support from eight helicopters.

Crews have completed a wide containment line around this fire, which will allow them to burn off fuels within the fire line if necessary and also limits the spread of fire including; west into a slide area and south into the Greystokes Protected Area (park).

Grouse Creek

This now 368-hectare wildfire is burning about 4.5 kilometres northwest of D’Arcy.

It is highly visible from the community of D’Arcy and the N’Quatqua First Nations.

A crew is monitoring this fire and working to establish a contingency line on the north flank of the fire perimeter. Most of the growth for this fire has been along the height of land and upslope away from homes and infrastructure. Any downslope growth is being continuously monitored by the B.C. Wildfire Service.

The weather remains calm with no wind and heavy smoke is apparent throughout the area.

The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) has issued an evaluation alert for properties in the area of Ponderosa, McGillivray and D’Arcy. You can find more information about the alert here.

The cause remains under investigation.

Juliet Creek

This now 817.5-hectare wildfire is burning about 47 kilometres southwest of Merritt.

The estimated size of this fire has not been updated because of the heavy smoke in the area that has reduced visibility. It will be updated as soon as visibility improves.

Crews and heavy equipment will be continuing to establish control lines along the south and eastern perimeter of the fire with air support needed.

An evacuation order has now been issued for Electoral Area ‘N” in the Murray Lake area. The order covers all properties bordering Murray Lake, along with several others.

The fire was caused by lightning.

Cariboo Fire Centre

Horsefly Lake

This wildfire is still 1,139 hectares in size and currently burning north of Horsefly Lake and west of Haggens Point Road.

It remains 90 per cent contained.

Ground crews are securing the southwest perimeter to Horsefly Lake. Crews are patrolling the north perimeter and extinguishing any hot spots that are identified.

Previous evacuations have been rescinded.

The fire was caused by lightning.

Shag Creek

This 9,300 hectare fire is still zero per cent contained.

It is burning west of Shag Creek.

Given current and expected fire behavior, crews have been pulled off this fire for safety reasons.

The fire at this time is being closely monitored by the Cariboo Fire Centre.

On Aug. 11, the Cariboo Regional District expanded the evacuation order due to this wildfire, affecting 901 properties to include the Titetown, Kluskus and Batnuni areas.

The initial evacuation order was issued Aug. 7 and impacted 17 properties. It was then followed by an evacuation order Aug. 8, affecting 93 properties.

The fire was caused by lightning.

Wild Goose Lake

This 7,228-hectare wildfire is burning at Wild Goose Lake.

It is now 40 per cent contained and was caused by lightning.

Ground crews have made good progress and are continuing to establish containment lines on the northern flanks, and are working on establishing hose lines, danger tree assessing and falling on the eastern flank.

Blackwater River

This wildfire of note is burning east of Blackwater River and 72 kilometres west of Quesnel.

It is zero per cent contained and still 4,519 hectares in size.

An evacuation alert and order has now been implemented by the Cariboo Regional District. Visit their website for more details.

The fire was caused by lightning.


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Lang Lake

This 440 hectare fire is burning five kilometres southeast Lang Lake and 10 kilometres north of Canim Lake.

It is now 70 per cent contained.

Ground crews will continue working to remove fuel between the fire and the guard. This fire is 100 per cent guarded.

An evacuation alert remains in place by the Cariboo Regional District. The order that was in place for the C42393, located north of C42138, has been downgraded to an Alert. You can find details at the CRD website.

The fire was caused by lightning.

Mayfield Lake

This now 300-hectare wildfire is burning northwest of Mayfield Lake.

It is now 60 per cent contained and 100 per cent guarded.

This fire is 100 per cent guarded around the perimeter but there are still unburned fuels between the guard and the fire, therefore, this is considered to be 60 per cent contained. Crews are working on the northern and eastern flanks to prepare for controlled ignitions.

The Cariboo Regional District has issued an evacuation alert in relation to this fire. You can find more details on the district’s website.

This is not an interface fire.

Narcosli Creek

This wildfire is still 3,400 hectares in size and burning approximately 31 kilometres southwest of Quesnel.

It is 90 per cent guarded and 50 per cent contained.

Today, heavy equipment will work to complete any unguarded areas along the fires’ perimeter. Weather permitting, ground personnel will focus on preparing for a burn operations that will assist with securing the guard.

An evacuation alert and order has been implemented by the Cariboo Regional District. For more information, visit the Cariboo Regional District Website.

An evacuation alert has been issued the City of Quesnel with all city properties on evacuation alert west of the Fraser River.

North Baezaeko

This 2,500 hectare wildfire is burning south of Kluskoil Lake Park, about 85 kilometres west of Quesnel.

It is zero per cent contained.

Crews worked throughout the night to establish containment lines with equipment. Ground crews will work to establish contingency lines and will burn off where possible in order to reinforce the guard.

An evacuation alert and order has been implemented by the Cariboo Regional District. For more information, visit the Cariboo Regional District Website.

Southeastern B.C.

Blacktail Mountain

This wildfire of note is now 1,898 hectares in size and burning in Kokanee Glacier Park, about eight kilometres southeast of Silverton.

It is zero per cent contained.

An area restriction is in effect for the entire Silverton Creek drainage, including Idaho Peak.

An aerial view of the Blazed Creek wildfire. Courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service.

An aerial view of the Blazed Creek wildfire. Courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Blazed Creek

This now 5,188-hectare wildfire is burning approximately two kilometres north of Highway 3 and approximately 26 kilometres northwest of Creston.

Watch for smoke and rolling debris from this fire today. This fire is not currently threatening communities and Highway 3 is now re-opened. A travel advisory is in effect for possible sudden closures due to wildfire activity.

Drivers should monitor DriveBC if they plan to travel through the area.

It was caused by lightning.

The Whitetail Creek fire. Courtesy: B.C. Wildfire Service.

The Whitetail Creek fire. Courtesy: B.C. Wildfire Service.

Whitetail Creek

This fire is burning just outside of Kootenay National Park, approximately 40 kilometres north of Radium Hot Springs.

The fire is still 576 hectares and is now 20 per cent contained. It is 50 per cent guarded.

This fire is still classified as out of control.

The fire is being managed using direct and indirect attack management tactics and fire behaviour monitoring to contain the fire within predetermined perimeters. This type of response is used to minimize costs and damage, and to maximize ecological benefits from the fire.

This wildfire does not pose a threat to the Radium Hot Springs or other local communities at this time.

No homes or structures are being threatened, but Parks Canada has issued an area closure for the area near Luxor Pass trail, West Kootenay trail and Dolly Varden trail as a precaution.

The Beaverfoot Forest Service Road is closed beyond the 47-kilometre mark (near the Symond Creek Bridge). No access is permitted on this section of road. This road will remain closed until the public is otherwise notified.


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A smoke advisory for the area near Numa Creek trail and Floe Creek trail along the region of the South Rockwall has also been issued.

Fourteen firefighters, one helicopter and two pieces of heavy equipment are responding to the fire, which was caused by lightning.

The Whitetail Creek fire as seen in this photo from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

The Whitetail Creek fire as seen in this photo from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Sage Creek

The 1,947-hectare fire is burning approximately 65 kilometres southeast of Fernie and approximately six kilometres southwest of the B.C.-Alberta border.

The blaze is said to be producing a large column of smoke that is visible from Pincher Creek, Alberta and surrounding areas.

This fire is a modified response fire, meaning it is managed using a combination of suppression techniques, including direct and indirect attack, and monitoring to steer, contain and otherwise manage fire activity within predetermined perimeters. This type of response is used to minimizes costs and/or damage and to maximize benefits from the fire.

One-hundred-and-two firefighters, 12 helicopters, two airtankers and three pieces of heavy equipment are on the scene along with an incident management team from Alberta.

Effective immediately, the Flathead Sage Creek Forest Service Road is closed starting at the 81 kilometre mark at the junction of Flathead Kishinena Forest Service Road and the Flathead Sage Forest Service Road. No access is permitted on this section of road. This road will remain closed until the public is otherwise notified.

This fire is burning in remote terrain.

The Sage Creek wildfire seen here burning on Aug. 7. Credit: B.C. Wildfire Service.

The Sage Creek wildfire seen here burning on Aug. 7. Credit: B.C. Wildfire Service.

Parks Canada wildfire-Kootenay wildfire complex

Parks Canada is currently managing three lightning-ignited wildfires in Kootenay, Yoho and Banff national parks. None of these fires currently pose a risk to local communities.

The fires are an estimated 3,600 hectares in size.

Significant progress has been made toward containing the fires, known as the Wardle complex.

A long-term forecast for hot and dry weather is expected to continue over the next few days and may increase wildfire activity.

Highway 93 South through Kootenay National Park continues to be affected by wildfire, smoke and fire suppression activities, and is subject to temporary closures to ensure the safety of the public. Check www.DriveBC.ca and www.511.alberta.ca for possible temporary closures, alternate routes and the most up-to-date information.

Here is a list of what is open and closed in the parks due to this wildfire burning.

A fire ban is in place for Kootenay, Yoho and Banff national parks due to elevated fire danger.

Cross River

This 2,723-hectare wildfire of note is burning approximately nine kilometres east of Highway 93, and about 23 kilometres northeast of the Village of Radium.

An evacuation alert for nine properties including the Nipika Mountain Resort was upgraded on Saturday to an evacuation order.

This fire is a modified response fire, meaning it is managed using a combination of suppression techniques, including direct and indirect attack, and monitoring to steer, contain and otherwise manage fire activity within predetermined perimeters.

Effective immediately, the Cross River Forest Service Road is closed starting at the 16 kilometre mark running to the Cross Mitchell River Forest Service Road and the Cross River Forest Service Road. This road closure applies to all non-industrial road traffic.

The fire was caused by lightning.

McArthur Creek

This fire is 206 hectares in size.

It is located approximately 10 kilometres east of the Shambhala Music Festival and is surrounded by favourable geographic features that could act as natural fuel breaks.

An evacuation alert has not been issued for the Shambhala Music Festival. With favourable wind direction in the forecast, an evacuation alert is not anticipated for the music festival at this time.

However, an evacuation order has been issued for the Sheep Creek Road area southeast of Salmo.

The McArthur fire from the air. Courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service.

The McArthur fire from the air. Courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service.


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The Sheep Creek FSR is closed starting at the 5.25 km mark, which includes the Sheep Waldie and Sheep Billings FSRs. No access is permitted on these sections of road.

Sheep Creek Road is also closed at the Aspen Forest Service Road junction.

Lost Dog wildfire complex (formerly Ta Ta Creek)

This now 425.5-hectare wildfire is burning about 14 kilometres north of Kimberly, and is actually a cluster of four fires.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) has issued an evacuation alert for the Ta Ta Creek area, including west of the Kootenay River form 1.5 kilometres south of Fastad Way Road to 2.5 kilometres north of Woods Corner.

Ignition operations on the Lost Dog Complex were a success Wednesday. Crews successfully reinforced control lines on critical flanks.

Lynch Creek

This wildfire of note is still 50 hectares in size and burning approximately 25 kilometres north of Downtown Grand Forks and about two kilometres northeast of North Fork Road.

It is still zero per cent contained.

As a precautionary measure and in the interest of public safety, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has issued an evacuation alert for all properties from the junction of Miller Creek Forest Service Road to kilometre 34 on Granby Road. The Granby River is the western boundary.

For more information on this alert, please contact the RDKB at 250 368-0259 or visit their website at www.rdkb.com

Redburn Creek

This still 101-hectare wildfire is burning about 18 kilometres northeast of Golden.

It is highly visible from Golden, Highway 1 and local communities, but as of Monday was not threatening any structures.

This fire is being closely monitored. This fire is burning at a low intensity and has connected with natural fuel breaks.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Coal Creek FSR

This 713-hectare wildfire is burning about 12 kilometres east of Fernie, and is zero per cent contained.

This wildfire is currently displaying vigorous fire behaviour and is highly visible from Fernie and Alberta. This fire is not currently threatening communities.

The fire has forced the closure of the Coal Creek FSR from the 33 kilometre mark. The Leach Creek FSR is also restricted beginning at the junction of Leach Creek FSR.

The Corbin Road and Morrisey Creek FSRs are restricted beginning at the 0.3 km mark of Morrisey FSR from the junction of Morrisey Road.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Leach Creek

This wildfire of note is 30 hectares and burning approximately three kilometres north of Mount Taylor and 21 kilometres southeast of Sparwood.

It is still 95 per cent guarded.

The evacuation orders have been changed to alerts for residents affected by this fire.

The Regional District of East Kootenay has issued an evacuation alert for ten properties in the community of Corbin as a result of a lightning caused fire in Leach Creek in the Elk Valley.

The District of Sparwood has issued an evacuation alert in connection with the same fire. The District’s alert area covers the portion of Corbin Road within municipal boundaries and the Coal Mountain Mine property. The mine is in the process of suspending its operations. For more information on this order, please call the RDEK at 250 426-2188 or visit their website at rdek.bc.ca.

Meachen Creek

This now 10,000-hectare wildfire is burning in the Kianuko Provincial park, about 25.5 kilometres southwest of St. Mary Lake.

The B.C. Wildfire Service has been actively monitoring this fire with flights twice daily as conditions allow. This fire has grown substantially in recent days due to it merging with another remote wildfire to the south (Mount Dickson); however, there has been little growth on this fire over the past 24 hours due to subsiding winds and cooler temperatures.

This fire is producing heavy smoke, making obtaining an accurate map of the fire perimeter a challenge from the air. To obtain an accurate perimeter map, crews will be utilizing an infrared scan of the fire. This information will help them to continue to develop a strategy to achieve our containment objectives. This fire is burning in steep, rocky and unsafe terrain for ground resources to respond at this time.

Though this fire is highly visible, at this time, it is still burning remotely. B.C. Wildfire’s number one priority is public safety and the safety of our crews.

This fire is producing heavy smoke and residents of Kimberley and surrounding communities have been experiencing ash fall.

An evacuation alert is in place in the St. Mary’s Lake Area from the west boundary of the City of Kimberly to the junction of Reddign Creek and St. Mary’s River, including St. Mary’s Lake Road and Lakefront Road.

You can find details of the evacuation alert here.

There are forest service road restrictions in effect for the Meachen Creek, Redding Creek, Grey Creek and White Boar forest service roads. Click here for a detailed map.

B.C. Parks has also issued a partial closure of Kianuko Provincial Park.

Randal Creek

This wildfire of note is located approximately 17 kilometres southeast of Yahk on the B.C./U.S.A. border.

It is still 905 hectares.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) has issued an evacuation alert for the Yahk, Meadow Creek Road and Highway 3/95 area. For more information on this alert, please call the RDEK at 250 426-2188 or visit their website at rdek.bc.ca.

An area restriction is in effect for the area past the 6 km mark on the Yahk Meadow Creek Road.

Santa Rosa

This new wildfire of note has not yet been mapped and is burning approximately 9 kilometres southeast of Castle Mountain and approximately 22 kilometres southwest of Rossland.

As a precautionary measure in the interest of public safety, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has issued an evacuation alert for properties in the Big Sheep Creek drainage and for properties east of kilometres 2 on Santa Rosa Road. For more information on this alert, please contact the RDKB at 250 368-0259 or visit their website at www.rdkb.com.

This fire is currently burning in the U.S.A.

South of Renata Creek

This wildfire of note is 72 hectares and burning in the Bulldog Mountain area, about five kilometres south of Renata.

It is zero per cent contained.

As a precautionary measure and in the interest of public safety, the Regional District of Central Kootenay has issued an evacuation alert for nine addresses located south of Renata on Lower Arrow Lake

Toronto Creek

This 11-hectare wildfire is burning approximately 12 kilometres north of downtown Grand Forks and about 2 kilometres east of Granby Road.

It is now 70 per cent contained.

As a precautionary measure and in the interest of public safety, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has issued an evacuation alert for properties along Granby Road and Volcanic Creek Road. For more information on this alert, please contact the RDKB at 250 368-0259 or visit their website at www.rdkb.com.

This fire is located in rugged terrain and is displaying active growth.

Prince George Fire Centre

The Chutanli Lake wildfire. Courtesy of B.C. Wildfire Service.

The Chutanli Lake wildfire. Courtesy of B.C. Wildfire Service.

Chutanli Lake

This now 10,591-hectare wildfire is burning 11 kilometres northeast of Tatelkuz Lake.

No structures are currently threatened at this time.

This fire remains out of control.

The Kluskus FSR is currently closed to traffic from the 70-kilometre to 113-kilometre mark. The Martin Road and the Blue Road have also been closed due to fire activity.

An evacuation alert is in effect for two properties in the Tatelkuz Lake area, which is about 131 kilometres west of Quesnel.

Purvis Lake

This 1,457.5-hectare fire is burning 20 kilometres east of Takla Lake and is 15 per cent contained.

Fire behaviour is erratic and has been threatening to impact the Driftwood FSR. As a result the road is closed south of Nation Lakes Park to the intersection of the Leo Creek FSR (with limited access to residents and industry). The road closure may be in effect for several days and limited access can be stopped at any time due to dangerous fire conditions.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an evacuation order for the area including Purvis Lake to Tchentlo Lake and the Tchentlo Forest Service Road (FSR), south of Nation Lakes Park to the intersection of the Leo Creek FSR and the Driftwood FSR. This order does not include the Driftwood Forest Service Road.

In addition to the evacuation order there is a partial closure order for Nation Lakes Park. This includes the Indata, Limestone, Tchentlo and Progress Point campsites.

Trees candling at the Shovel Lake Fire.

Trees candling at the Shovel Lake Fire.

BC Wildfire Service

Dave Henry Drainage

This now 700-hectare wildfire is burning 10 kilometres east of Valemount.

The fire is currently not burning aggressively at the base of the fire, and crews worked to establish guard along the base of the fire to prevent it from moving downslope.

The fire is not currently threatening any structures, or the Village of Valemount.

North of Tezzeron Lake

This wildfire is 4,386 hectares in size and burning 106 kilometres northwest of Vanderhoof and 13 kilometres south of Inzana Lake.

The Hat Creek FSR was burnt more than three days ago and is currently closed as is the Hat Creek Connector near the area of this fire.

This fire remains out of control.

Hugh Allen Creek

This now 10,000-hectare fire is burning about 60 kilometres southeast of the Village of Valemount on the east side of Kinbasket Lake.

It is zero per cent contained, and terrain, visibility and fire activity are preventing firefighters from attacking it.

The fire is not threatening Valemount, and is burning away from the community.

However, an area restriction order is in place for Crown land in the vicinity of the fire.

The Canoe East FSR has been restricted starting at 21km. The public is not permitted to pass the Canoe Reach Marina on the East Canoe Forest Service Road.

Area residents and workers are still permitted to transit the restricted area.

Coastal Fire Centre

Overhead shot of the Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire.

Overhead shot of the Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire.

Twitter/BC Wildfire Service

Mt. Hicks

This 120-hectrare wildfire is burning about 10 kilometres north of Agassiz above Highway 7.

It is now 10 per cent contained.

The fire has forced restrictions on Highway 7 between Chowat Road and Jonson Slough, to allow crew and aircraft movement.

The nearby Sasquatch Provincial Park has also been closed, and campers and recreational users have been ordered to leave the area.

No structures are currently threatened by this fire.

The fire is believed to have been human-caused.

Northwest B.C.

The Shovel Lake fire. Credit: Twyla Lee

The Shovel Lake fire. Credit: Twyla Lee

Shovel Lake

This now 68,375-hectare wildfire is burning about 30 kilometres northeast of Burns Lake.

It is burning about 6.7 kilometres north of Endako and Highway 16, and about 13 kilometres north of Stallako.

It is also sending heavy smoke into Fort St. James and the surrounding areas.

There are 113 firefighters on scene, along with eight helicopters and 52 pieces of heavy equipment.


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The Shovel Lake wildfire remained active Wednesday and pushed against the winds that were directing it, however, despite the activity there was no significant perimeter growth.

Crews and heavy equipment worked to fortify the western side where the burn-off occurred two days ago to set up an anchor point for crews to work from. Crews and equipment worked as well to push in guard lines along the northwest corner of the fire, and focused on the south flank along from Stern Lake to utilize the PNG pipeline path to develop guard lines in order to protect structures and values to the south (on the north shore of Fraser Lake) in the case of winds coming from the north.

Due to clearer visibility with reduced smoke today, objectives were supported by skimming aircraft operating off of Fraser Lake all afternoon.

The B.C. Wildfire Service has implemented an area restriction order to protect public safety due to the wildfire’s rate of spread and to avoid interference with fire suppression efforts. The area restriction order will remain in place until noon on Sept. 15, or until the order is rescinded.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechacko has declared a state of local emergency for Areas “C” and “D”.

The Trout Lake FSR is closed due to fire activity. The Sutherland Road is closed from the 15 kilometre mark.

An evacuation order is in place for east of the center of Taltapin Lake to West of the Sutherland FSR and Trout FSR, south of the Camsell FSR-Cunningham FSR Junction and Cunningham FSR-Marie North FSR Junction to approximately 3 km South of Tatin Lake.

An evacuation alert is in effect for east of the Augier Main FSR to Necoslie and Dog Creek FSR,  north of Hwy 16 and the North shore of Fraser Lake. South of Stuart Lake and Mount Pope Park.

Trees candling at the Shovel Lake Fire.

Trees candling at the Shovel Lake Fire.

BC Wildfire Service

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Elbow Lake

The 660-hectare Elbow Lake fire is burning in the Cassiar fire zone, along Highway 37, 70 kilometres north of Dease Lake.

The fire is classified as out of control but is now 10 per cent contained.

It is an interface fire, and some cabins are receiving structural protection.

The fire is highly visible from Highway 37, and producing a large volume of smoke.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says the fire was lightning-caused.

The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine has implemented an evacuation order for this lightning-caused wildfire.

Verdun Mountain

The Verdun Mountain fire is burning 17 kilometres southwest of Grassy Plains.

It is still 5,375 hectares in size, and is an interface fire.

The Verdun Wildfire was holding on many of the guards. The north guard and Takysie Lake guard were holding but the fire has advanced towards Innis Lake as a long finger burned in continuous fuels, Rank 3 and Rank 4, just north of Cheslatta Road.

The fire produced a column in the southeast area. Guard at Keefe’s Landing Road was holding. The ferry is running 24/7 in the event it is needed.

Life and property is the priority for B.C. Wildfire Service.

The Bulkley Nechako Regional District has declared a state of local emergency for Area “E.”

The evacuation alert and order was expanded for this wildfire Tuesday by the Bulkley Nechako Regional District. For more information visit their website.

The Verdun Mountain fire. Credit: Axel Orr.

The Verdun Mountain fire. Credit: Axel Orr.

Nadina Lake

This now 25,000 hectare wildfire is burning 60 kilometres south of Houston, 63 kilometres southwest of Burns Lake, and seven kilometres southwest of Parrott Lakes.

Crews were challenged on this fire with the head of the fire moving to the east between the lakes. The head of the fire was 25 km, Rank 5, burning to the northeast. Crews were building guards to Owen Lake and near Nadina Mountain. The fire did cross the Oosta-Nadina Road.

It is classified as an interface fire, and an evacuation order has been recommended for a lodge and a fish hatchery in the area.

The Bulkley Nechako Regional District has also expanded an evacuation order for east of Tahtsa FSR (south Francois) to West Francois FSR and Carroll Road and (north Francois) to Kivi FSR and 35 km on Colleymount Road. South from Owen Lake to Nadina FSR and Ootsa Lake. An evacuation alert in the area is also in effect.

Island Lake Wildfire

This fire is now 14,684 hectares in size and burning adjacent to Island Lake, south of Francois Lake.

An evacuation order for the Binto Wo Forest Service Road area was expanded on Sunday.

Crews are working to contain the fire from spreading further down to the south shore on the east side of Francois Lake. The fire has not progressed further east towards Fraser Lake at this time over the Nithi River. Along the south end of the fire, some activity has moved toward Anzus Lake and is wrapping around to the south shore, where crews will be positioned to increase containment.

There are additional structural protection specialists and resources arriving today and are being assigned to protect and equip at-risk structures in adjacent communities. The night shift of structural protection specialists will continue tonight with two engines and two water tenders.

Alkali Lake

This wildfire has now grown to 36,381 hectares and is burning five kilometres northwest of Telegraph Creek.

This fire has merged with the South Stikine River fire.


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The evacuation alert for Alkali Fire is now an evacuation order. It includes Telegraph Creek, Glenora and the area along the Highway 51 corridor to the edge of Dease Lake. There are no evacuation orders or alerts for the community of Dease Lake at this time.

This has been implemented by the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine.

Weather conditions today will mean increased smoke in the Telegraph Creek, Dease Lake and Iskut areas.

Hazard assessment and mop up are ongoing in Telegraph Creek. Crews and air support are continuing efforts to minimize further impact to the communities of Telegraph Creek and Glenora. Crews are also working to protect culturally significant sites and infrastructure.

Work is being done to identify and remove burnt trees that pose a safety threat in Telegraph Creek and along the Highway 51 corridor. Crews are also assessing hazards and are working to cool hot spots in Telegraph Creek.

A guard that has been constructed between the South guard and the Stikine River is being monitored. When conditions allow, burn operations are being used to increase containment, remove pockets of fuel and create fireguard.

Power has been restored to most areas of Telegraph Creek and personnel from BC Hydro are now focusing on the Sawmill Lake area and towards Glenora.

The Alkali Lake wildfire as seen from the air. Courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service.

The Alkali Lake wildfire as seen from the air. Courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Torkelson Lake

This now 880-hectare wildfire is burning approximately 24 kilometres south of Fort Babine.

It is 65 per cent guarded and 15 per cent contained.

Ground crews, rotary-wing aircraft, and heavy equipment will continue working to protect identified values in the area.

Ground Crews will be continue working to prevent impacts to transmission lines, cabins and property. Crews are looking to progress the machine guard on the west side.

Currently the Nilkitkwa Forest Service Road and access to Fort Babine have not been impacted by the fire. Firefighting resources and flaggers may be seen on the road near the 18 kilometre marker.

Structural protection units have been deployed in the 5 Mile cabin area. No structures have been affected at this time.

The Regional District of Bulkley Nechako has put an evacuation order in place for several structures in the wildfire’s vicinity including east of the Nilkitkwa Forest Service Road (FSR) along the shore of Babine Lake, north of Smithers Landing and Fort Babine reserve lands TSAK 9.

Gilmore Lake

This now 200 hectare wildfire is burning approximately 2.5 kilometers south of Gilmore Lake and 8 kilometers southwest of Topley.

It remains 100 per cent contained.

The Gilmore Wildfire is somewhat active but does remain within its perimeters. Crews will establish control lines on the northwest and north flanks, as well as mopping up any spots along the south and southeast flanks.

The Bulkley Nechako Regional District has implemented an evacuation order and alert for this wildfire.

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