Tzenzaicut Lake is a popular recreation area southwest of Quesnel. (Photo courtesy Recreation Sites & Trails BC)

BREAKING: Evacuation order for Tzenzaicut Lake near Quesnel

Lightning fire Saturday afternoon grew quickly, west of Alexandria

A small rural neighbourhood southwest of Quesnel, northwest of Williams Lake, southeast of Nazko has been ordered to leave their homes due to wildfire.

The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) issued a late-night Evacuation Order for the Tzenzaicut Lake Fire Area directly west of Alexandria and Australian, across the Fraser River by about 40 kilometres. Affected residents were directed to evacuation reception services in Quesnel.

As of the last update from the BC Wildfire Serivce, this Tzenzaicut Lake fire was estimated to be 44 hectares in size, and was discovered at 3:20 p.m. on Saturday (May 20). The cause of the fire was believed to be a lightning strike.

The BC Wildfire Service information webpage for this incident can be SEEN HERE.

The CRD’s message read:

CRD Evacuation Order – Tzenzaicut Lake Fire Area

Pursuant to the BC Emergency Program Act, An Evacuation Order has been issued by the Cariboo Regional District at the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for 3 parcels in the Tzenzaicut Lake Fire Area. This order covers 3,813 hectares.

Due to immediate danger to life safety due to fire, members of the RCMP or other groups will be expediting this action.

The evacuation route is:

Head South East on Lavington Road to Tzenzaicut Lake FSR.

Continue to intersection with Tzenzaicut Garner Lake FSR and turn right on Tzenzaicut Lake Road.

Turn left to continue on Tzenzaicut Lake Road.

Turn left on West Fraser Road.

Travel North on West Fraser Road until you reach Quesnel.

Emergency Support Services are available and can be accessed by calling 250-983-3638 after arrival in Quesnel.


You must leave the area immediately

Register at the ESS Centre listed above

Close all windows and doors

Do not shut off your natural gas if you receive an evacuation order. For more information visit

Close gates (latch) but do not lock

Gather your family: take a neighbour or someone who needs help

Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and keys) only if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.

Do not use more vehicles than you have to.

Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service.


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