The following is an update from the BC Wildfire Service on the current blazes across the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN).

SHOVEL LAKE WILDFIRE:

  • 16,500 hectares in size, 25 kilometres northeast of Burns Lake
  • Evacuation Order is in effect for the rural area
  • 72 firefighters on the ground with 51 pieces of heavy equipment

CHUTANLI LAKE WILDFIRE:

  • 7,100 hectares in size, burning south of Vanderhoof near Francois Lake
  • Area restriction is now in place for its Crown Land
  • Evacuation Alert also in effect

NADINA LAKE WILDFIRE:

  • 15,000 hectares, burning 60 kilometres south of Houston
  • Evacuation Order has been expanded for the area
  • 20 firefighters monitoring this blaze with 17 pieces of heavy equipment

TORKELSEN LAKE WILDFIRE:

  • 25 kilometres south of the community of Fort Babine, 850 hectares
  • 17 firefighters are on site today, assisted by helicopters and heavy equipment
  • The Nilkitkwa Forest Service Road is currently open to traffic

POPE FOREST WILDFIRE:

  • 140 hectares near Murder Creek in the Kispiox Valley, 37 kilometres northwest of Hazelton
  • Surrounded with a guard line
  • Ground crews are on site, supported by heavy equipment and air support

WEST BABINE RIVER WILDFIRE:

  • 1,050 hectares in size
  • Being monitored and a structural protection assessment has been completed for the Silver Hilton Lodge

NICHYESKWA CREEK WILDFIRE:

  • 80 kilometres northeast of Smithers and about 25 kilometres northwest of Fort Babine, 140 hectares
  • Ground crews, with the assistance of a helicopter and heavy equipment, are working to stop the fire spreading east towards the 457 Forest Service Road
  • Restriction order is in place for this wildfire
  • Evacuation alert has been recommended for the Babine Steelhead Lodge

All order, alert, and area restriction maps can be found here.

We will continue to bring more information as it becomes available.