Update on wildfires in the Cariboo, Aug. 25

The latest information about wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre

Update 3 p.m. Aug. 25

The evacuation order for areas near the Wild Goose Lake wildfire has been rescinded to an evacuation alert by the TNRD.

A map showing areas under evacuation alert can be found by clicking this link.

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This is a general update on current wildfires and anticipated weather for Saturday, August 25, 2018.

There are currently 52 active wildfires within the Cariboo Fire Centre. Six fires were called out Aug. 24 and no new fires were discovered.

The fire danger rating is ‘extreme’ with pockets of ‘high’ through the western portion of the fire centre, and generally ‘moderate’ with pockets of ‘high’ and ‘low’ in the eastern portion of the fire centre. The BC Wildfire Service website displays the current fire danger rating for the province.

There was precipitation throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre overnight. Temperatures continue to be cool and today the BC Wildfire Service are expecting showers followed by sunny periods with southwest to north winds 10-15 kilometres per hour gusting to 25. Cooler temperatures are anticipated to persist, with unsettled weather throughout the week and stronger winds on Aug. 26.

Summary of Wildfires of Note

There are currently six Wildfires of Note in the Cariboo Fire Centre. Up to date information on the Wildfire of Note can be found at www.bcwildfire.ca. For more information on evacuation alerts and orders, please visit the Cariboo Regional District Website.

Baezaeko Complex

· Shag Creek

· Blackwater River

· Narcosli Creek

· North Baezaeko

Other Wildfires of Note

· Mayfield Lake

· Wild Goose Lake

Summary of Other Wildfires

Below is a summary of other active fires, by zone, as of first thing this morning. Within this summary, only fires that are over four hectares and are in Out of Control status will be highlighted. For current sizes on wildfires not listed below, please check the All Current Wildfires web page.

Quesnel Fire Zone

There are nine active wildfires burning in this zone. One is Being Held, one is Under Control and seven fires are in Out of Control status.

1. The Yuzkli Lake fire is south of Big Valley Creek and estimated at 100 hectares. Heavy equipment established guard in areas that were accessible.

2. The fire west of Mustang Lakes is estimated at 123.5 hectares. Ground crews will continue to patrol and mop-up where necessary.

Williams Lake Zone

There are two active wildfires burning in this zone. One is Being Held and one is Under Control.

1. The Mayfield Lake Fire is estimated at 300 hectares (see Wildfires of Note section above).

Horsefly Zone

There are 20 active wildfires fires burning in this zone. Seven fires are Being Held, three are Under Control, and 10 are in Out of Control status.

1. The Quartz Mountain fire is mapped at 522 hectares. This fire is being monitored closely by the BC Wildfire Service.

2. The Boulderly Creek fire, located on the east arm of Quesnel Lake is mapped at 233 hectares. This fire is being monitored closely by the BC Wildfire Service.

3. The fire west of Warttig Lake is estimated at 50 hectares. This fire is being monitored closely by the BC Wildfire Service.

4. The wildfire East of Mitchell Lake is estimated at 5.5 hectares. This fire is being monitored closely by the BC Wildfire Service.

5. The Roaring River Valley fire is estimated at 1000 hectares. This fire is located in the high alpine and is being monitored closely by the BC Wildfire Service.

100 Mile Zone

There are 14 active fires. Two fires are Being Held, three are Under Control and nine are in Out of Control status.

1. The fire southwest of Clearwater Lake, north of Mahood Lake is estimated at 596 hectares. This fire is a Modified Response fire and is being monitored closely by the BC Wildfire Service.

2. The Hendrix Ridge fire is estimated at 110 hectares. Ground crews will continue to patrol the perimeter of the fire to ensure that there are no hot spots outside of the guard.

3. The fire three kilometres west of McNeil Lake is estimated at 216 hectares. This fire is a Modified Response fire and is being monitored closely by the BC Wildfire Service.

4. The fire 16 kilometres north of Canim Lake is estimated at 407 hectares. This fire is a Modified Response fire and is being monitored closely by the BC Wildfire Service.

5. Fire 1.5 kilometres northeast of McNeil Lake is mapped at 45 hectares. The fire demonstrated minimal fire behaviour yesterday. This fire is a Modified Response fire and is being monitored closely by the BC Wildfire Service.

6. The fire near Jonah Lake is mapped at 92 hectares. This fire is a Modified Response fire and is being monitored closely by the BC Wildfire Service.

7. The fire located near Gotchen Lake in the Deception Creek area is estimated at 65 hectares. Structural protection is in place and BC Wildfire Service continues to monitor this fire.

8. The located north of Lang Lake is estimated at 497 hectares. There are 18 personnel and heavy equipment on site of the fire. Ground crews will focus on establishing a hose lay on the southeast side of the fire.

Chilcotin Zone

The Chilcotin Fire Zone currently has seven active wildfires. Four fires are Out of Control and three fires are in Under Control status.

1. The Bald Face fire is estimated at 10,687 hectares. This fire is burning in high elevation and has experienced increased activity and growth due to winds. Ground crews will be establishing guard on the southwest flank of the fire in a modified harvest area.

2. The Wilderness Lake fire is now being jointly managed by the Tweedsmuir Complex (please see Wildfires of Note webpage for more information).

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