This photo looking toward the McKinley Lake fire east of Horsefly was taken from the Black Creek Road at about 3:30 p.m. (Vikki Elzinga photo)

UPDATE: Wildfire at McKinley Lake east of Horsefly grows to 150 hecatres in size Wednesday

McKinley Lake is located roughly 30 kilometres east of Horsefly.

UPDATE (4 p.m. Wednesday, June 30):

The BC Wildfire Service has confirmed a new fire east of Horsefly at McKinley Lake has grown to 150 hectares in size, as of Wednesday afternoon.

“Currently, 32 personnel are responding to the fire and are supported by a helicopter,” said BCWS information officer Jessica Mack.

“Air tankers were on site.”

Mack noted no structures are being threatened currently, however, the recreation campsite is closed to the public to allow firefighting personnel to conduct fire suppression operations safely.

ORIGINAL:

A new wildfire east of Horsefly at McKinley Lake early Wednesday afternoon is being responded to by the BC Wildfire Service.

The BCWS interactive map shows the fire is situated at the east end of McKinley Lake, listed at 4 hectares in size as of 3:30 p.m. June 30. The cause of the fire is listed as human caused.

READ MORE: Wildfire north of Kamloops grows to 4,000 hectares, 18 properties evacuated

McKinley Lake is located roughly 35 kilometres east of Horsefly.

Since the beginning of this week, 49 new wildfires have errupted in B.C. — 24 of those in the past two days — according to the BCWS.

We’ll update with more information as it becomes available.


 


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Bruce Milne took this photo from his cabin at Spirit Island on Horsefly Lake at around 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, of the wildfire at the east side of McKinley Lake, located about 30 kilometres east of Horsefly. (Bruce Milne photo)

Bruce Milne took this photo from his cabin at Spirit Island on Horsefly Lake at around 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, of the wildfire at the east side of McKinley Lake, located about 30 kilometres east of Horsefly. (Bruce Milne photo)

BC Wildfire Service interactive map

BC Wildfire Service interactive map