Published: Wed, May 15, 2019

Wildfire in BC's central interior prompts evacuations

Wildfire in BC's central interior prompts evacuations

The state of emergency and evacuation order for a community in central B.C. affected by wildfire have been lifted.

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

BC Hydro wouldn't say whether the outages were connected to the wildfire. "[Saturday], when the incredible growth happened, the winds were just really hard so that has been a good thing that overnight, with the 20 workers that were on the site, that they were able to work with that".

The Lejac wildfire, along an area south of Highway 16 and roughly 5 kilometers east of the Village of Fraser Lake, has swallowed up some 260 hectares.

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.

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

As of Sunday afternoon, Mike Pritchard with the Prince George Fire Centre said fire crews had managed to create guards, or fuel breaks, using machinery around 70 per cent of the fire, and were anticipating the fire would be fully surrounded by Sunday evening.

The fire is now 10 hectares, and Molly Blower from B.C. Wildfire said residents in the area are believed to be OK.

The Lejac wildfire was discovered on Friday, May 3rd, and 40 firefighters are being assisted by two helicopters and several pieces of heavy equipment.

Fire near Fraser Lake.

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

The fire is believed to be human caused.

District chair Gerry Thiessen tells NEWS 1130 he's "encouraged" that the fire didn't grow overnight. "We're hoping that we get some precipitation and we will be able to get through the summer with as few fires as possible".

"The bombers have been at the fire for a while now, we are all praying they can get this fire out fast and all the homes and people stay safe", Fraser Lake mayor Sarrah Storey wrote on Facebook at about 6 p.m. Saturday.

The fire has also forced evacuation alerts to nearby communities.

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