Lightning sparks wildfire near Pelican Lake northwest of Quesnel

Fire crews are responding to a lightning-caused wildfire northeast of Pelican Lake, northwest of Quesnel.

  • May. 14, 2015 12:00 p.m.

Crews from the Wildfire Management Branch are currently responding to a lightning-caused wildfire 10 kilometres northeast of Pelican Lake, and 80 kilometres northwest of Quesnel that is currently estimated to be 250 hectares in size.

“There are currently 20 firefighters and two helicopters on site,” the Cariboo Fire Centre noted in a press release. “Additionally, over 45 additional staff including sustained action crews, a specialized incident management team, and other support staff are currently on route.”

Two more helicopters and heavy equipment are also being mobilized to support fire suppression efforts. No structures are being threatened at this time.

The public can expect to see increased smoke in the area over the next few days as crews conduct burn-offs to establish control lines around the fire.

The fire is burning in the same location as the historical wildfire near Pelican Lake in 2010.

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

To report smoke, flames or an unattended open fire, call 1 800 663-5555 or *555

 

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