Lightning sparks fire at south end of Chilko Lake

Lightning has sparked a wildfire at the south end of Chilko Lake about 125 kilometres southwest of Alexis Creek.

  • Aug. 21, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Lightning has sparked a wildfire at the south end of Chilko Lake within Ts’il?os Provincial Park, about 125 kilometres southwest of Alexis Creek.

The BC Wildfire Branch is responding and said the 12-hectare fire is burning at a high elevation in steep, rough terrain in a wilderness area of the park.

Continuing dry and warm weather with occasional gusty winds may result in increased fire activity and smoke.

BC Wildfire Service personnel are monitoring the fire and working with land managers to determine an appropriate wildfire response strategy.

The current fire danger rating is “high” to “extreme” for the majority of the Cariboo Fire Centre. Within the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, campfires are not allowed west of the Fraser River.

Campfires are allowed east of the Fraser River, but they cannot be larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on a cell-phone.

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca or call 1 888 3-FOREST.

 

 

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