The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a wildfire about 1.5 kilometres north of Watch Lake. It is currently about 0.75 hectares in size and suspected to be lightning-caused.
Smoke is highly visible from nearby communities and recreational sites. The fire is currently burning rank two, which means it is a low vigour surface fire. No structures are threatened at this time.
Airtankers are responding along with one helicopter and seven fire fighters. The Watch Lake/Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department is also assisting with this incident.
The public is reminded that at noon on Friday, July 3, all open fires — including campfires and fireworks — were prohibited throughout the entire Cariboo Fire Centre.
Human-caused fires preventable and divert critical resources away from naturally occurring fires. The BC Wildfire Service urges the public to use extreme caution in the backcountry and report all fires by calling 1 800 663-5555 on a landline or *5555 on a cellphone.
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.