The BC Wildfire Management Branch is reporting a 120-hectare blaze on Dragon Mountain, southeast of Quesnel. File photo

B.C. Wildfire Watch

UPDATE: Dragon Mountain fire triples in size

Highway 97 Southbound Closed 15 km South of Quesnel, due to wildfire

The Dragon Mountain wildfire has tripled in size since Saturday afternoon.

The BC Wildfire Service now estimates the Dragon Mountain wildfire is 1,500 hectares in size.

The fire, 25 kilometres southeast of Quesnel, was discovered on Friday, and remains to be zero per cent contained.

Highway 97 is open to northbound traffic from Williams Lake and closed southbound 15 km south of Quesnel.

UPDATE: Highway 97 southbound is closed, 15 km south of Quesnel due to the wildfire, but open for northbound traffic.

Fire crews continue to battle a 120-hectare fire at Dragon Mountain to the southeast of Quesnel.

The fire, believed to be lightning-caused, is just one of several speckling the area, though most are well under a hectare in size.

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BC Wildfire interactive map also makes note of a couple of fires further north set at around eight and five hectares.

Former fire fighter and Quesnel resident Jerry Hansen sent this photo in this afternoon of a fire peering over Dog Mountain. Did you see the wildfire break out this afternoon?

Posted by Quesnel Cariboo Observer on Friday, July 7, 2017

Another fire, pegged at 20 hectares in size, is believed to be burning on the other side of the Fraser River just south of Kersley.

Details on the fires are scant at this point.