Major B.C. Blazes Continue Ongoing Evacuation Orders

Authorities have confirmed that the evacuation orders are still in effect on Sunday in areas of the Central Interior threatened by two of the total 122 forest fires burning in B.C. The evacuation order includes a total area of the 37-square-kilometre hectare around China Nose fire, i.e. burning about 15 kilometres south of Houston. However, the evacuated area was reduced on Saturday after high winds forecast overnight Friday did not materialize.

Chair of the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako, Bill Miller, confirmed that almost a dozen rural residences are still evacuated. Fire information officer with the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch, Mike McCulley, also confirmed that fire crews are working day and night to make progress to establish fire guards on the east, west and north flanks of the blaze. However, McCulley alleged that only 20 per cent of the fire remains contained although “we’ve been working hard to increase containment with machine(-built) guards around the fire perimeter.”

McCulley revealed that a total of 135 firefighters, aided by 36 pieces of heavy equipment and 15 helicopters, are fighting the blaze that it is being managed by a command team with 28 support staff. McCulley alleged that “we’re still in extreme fire danger rating here” because the only break in Environment Canada’s sunshine-filled long-term forecast for the region is the prospect of rain showers Monday. He added that “when you get low humidity, high temperatures, mix a little wind in there and you can have volatile conditions for sure.”

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