Wildfire Near Lejac Now Considered "Held" But Not Contained

John Crawford

[8:54am UPDATE:   Wildfire Service reports Lejac fire is 70 % guarded,  50 %  contained ; 30 %  guarded by natural fuel break.  Earlier story below]

The Bulkley-Nechako Regional District has rescinded a Local State of Emergency declared over the weekend, as crews battle a wildfire near Lejac, east of Fraser Lake.

The Regional District has also rescinded an Evacuation Order issued Saturday for properties south of Highway 16 down to Roys Lake -- but an Evacuation Alert is in effect, meaning people should be prepared to leave on short notice.

For the latest information, visit the RD website: www.RDBN.bc.ca 

The fire, which is believed to be human caused, was discovered Saturday, and as of yesterday, the BC Wildfire Service estimated its size as 236 hectares.

About 30 firefighters, aided by three helicopters and 15 pieces of heavy equipment, have been tackling the blaze, which is now considered 70 per cent guarded and is categorized as ‘being held’ -- but is zero per cent contained -- and spokesman Mike Pritchard says they really need rain.


"Out in the woods, it's still extremely dry out there til we get some moisture to change it around, which I hope is coming," he said.


Wildfire crews are also busy battling a four-hectare fire near Hirsch Creek, about 13 kilometres northeast of Kitimat.

That fire, discovered yesterday in an industrial right-of-way, adjacent to the North Hirsch Forest Service Road, is also believed to be human-caused.

It covers about 2.7 hectares and is 100 % contained, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

The Fire Hazard rating is "High" across most of the Northwest Fire Centre -- and "Extreme" in a small area of the Lakes District.


Elsewhere,  crews have been busy battling a six-hectare blaze near Kamloops.

The BC Wildfire Service said in a tweet that airtankers, helicopters and ground crews were on site 25 kilometres east of downtown Kamloops yesterday -- adding that traffic would be affected but no nearby structures were threatened.

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