Update on wildfires in the Cariboo, Aug. 22

The latest update on wildfires, evacuation alerts and orders in the Cariboo Fire Centre

There are currently 62 active wildfires within the Cariboo Fire Centre. Two fires were Aug. 21 and one was called out.

The fire danger rating throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre is generally ‘extreme’ and everything east of Highway 97 ‘high’ with pockets of ‘extreme and ‘moderate’. The BC Wildfire Service website displays the current fire danger rating for the province.

We are expecting temperatures to be warm; however, in areas with heavy smoke, it may impact the actual temperatures on the ground. A cold front is going to move through the fire centre this evening, where we can expect some gusty winds and significantly cooler temperatures. A through is expected on Thursday where there will be showers in the southern section of the fire centre. On Aug. 25, the southeast and eastern portions of the fire centre are expected to see some precipitation.

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

1. The Yuzkli Lake fire is south of Big Valley Creek and estimated at 100 hectares. Heavy equipment is building guard in areas that are accessible; however, there are areas with steep terrain that are not able to be accessed.

2. The fire west of Mustang Lakes is estimated at 123.5 hectares. There is eight ground personnel on site.

Williams Lake Zone

There are seven active wildfires burning in this zone. There are two fires Being Held, and five fires Under Control.

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

Horsefly zone

There are 21 active wildfires fires burning in this zone. Seven fires are Being Held, four are Under Control, and ten 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. One fire is Being Held, three are Under Control and ten 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. The fire was burning rank 1 and 2 on Aug. 21. 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 was discovered yesterday. It is estimated at 65 hectares. This fire is being monitored closely by the BC Wildfire Service.

8. The located north of Lang Lake is estimated at 497 hectares. There are 11 personnel and heavy equipment on site of the fire and will focus southeast flank.

Chilcotin Zone

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

1. The Bald Face fire is estimated at 2083 hectares. There is 28 ground personnel on site, along with heavy equipment.

2. The Wilderness Lake fire is burning in high elevation and is mapped at 411 hectares. This fire is a Modified Response fire and is being monitored closely by the BC Wildfire Service.

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