Western Canadian province declares wildfire emergency

Evarado Alatorre
May 15, 2019

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

An evacuation alert is still in effect for part of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.

"She gets deployed if she's called to a large wildfire to provide on-site weather observations".

"We had pretty significant winds yesterday and that was a big concern", Thiessen said in a phone interview Sunday.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako in the province issued a state of emergency on Saturday night and ordered evacuations for all properties in the district.

Road closures are possible east of Kamloops as an out-of-control wildfire has charred about 19 hectares after breaking out Sunday, but no structures are immediately threatened by the suspected human-caused fire.

Residents in the area who sent pictures to Global News said the fire appears to be spreading quickly, describing lots of smoke in the air.

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

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

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Thiessen has said he's struck by just how early the wildfire season has started this year.

Another wildfire, about a hectare in size, broke out Saturday east of Prince George near Giscome.

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.

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

District chair Gerry Thiessen tells NEWS 1130 he's "encouraged" that the fire didn't grow overnight.

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

Crews are still working at the fire, which is believed to be human-caused, with 30 firefighters, three helicopters, and 15 pieces of heavy equipment live on the scene.

(Original story @ 9.38 a.m. on May 11): A wildfire that sparked near Fraser Lake on Saturday afternoon has already grown large enough to force evacuations from nearby.

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