Remote Northwest community under wildfire evacuation order

More crews arrive today at Alkali Lake wildfire now moving toward Telegraph Creek

Additional fire crews have arrived on scene as the Alkali Lake wildfire continues to burn out of control about five kilometres west Telegraph Creek.

The blaze has grown 45-hectares overnight to 200 hectares this morning. Seven homes are known to be under an evacuation order issued by the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine.

The fire is travelling northeast toward the community of Telegraph Creek, but crews are now trying to push the spread away from the populated area by fighting the fire on its southern and eastern flanks.

Telegraph Creek is not under an evacuation order at this time.

READ MORE: BC Wildfire to call in help from other provinces, countries

RDKS declared a state of emergency and evacuation alert within 24 hours of the fire’s discovery Aug. 1 then upgraded the alert to an evacuation order this morning. Twenty-three personell and two pieces of heavy equipment are on the gound with air assistance from three helicopters and one air tanker.

All persons along Highway 51 from west of Sawmill Lake to Glenora are required to evacuate the area immediacy and report to Emergency Support Services at the Dease Lake Community Hall, 2102 1st Avenue, in Dease Lake, or call in at 250-771-5021. An alternate and after-hours contact is available at 250-771-4567.

READ MORE: Evacuation Alert issued due to Shovel Lake Wildfire

BC Wildfire Service said the lining-caused blaze is now a Rank 2 wildfire, described as a low, vigorous surface fire with an unorganized flame and inconsistent rate of spread.

Yesterday two homes were under structural protection as the wildfire approached 300 metres away, said BC Wildfire Service. At last report the fire was 300 metres from the nearest house.

The Alkali Lake wildfire is among six interface fires of note and 78 fires total in the Northwest Fire Centre.


 


quinn@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Neoma Sampson photo

Aaron Brown photo

Neoma Sampson photo

Just Posted

Summer festival success bursts through the smoke

Attendance was estimated at 3,000

100 Mile House community fundraises for ‘community-minded’ man in hospital

Will Love is recovering in Kamloops after his colon ruptured on Tuesday, July 31

Lawnmower races exceed expectations in 100 Mile House

‘I had no idea how fast some people could make a lawnmower go. I just was completely blown away.’

Some roads in Cariboo region closed due to evacuation orders

The Ministry of Transportation has provided a list of road closures in the Cariboo

83 active wildfires and 9 fires-of-note in Cariboo Fire Centre Aug. 15

Up-to-date information about wildfires, evacuation orders and alerts in the Cariboo Fire Centre.

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reports Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit

Missing B.C. hiker, dog found safe after 3-day search

Cranbrook hiker had been missing since Sunday, August 12, near Jumbo Pass.

UPDATED: B.C. RCMP dismantle Kinder Morgan protest camp

RCMP say they will enforce a court injunction today and remove Trans Mountain pipeline protesters who have been camped outside a Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby.

Italy says death toll will mount in Genoa bridge collapse

Authorities worried about the stability of remaining large sections of a partially collapsed bridge evacuated about 630 people from nearby apartments.

Former CIA Director: Trump worked with Russians and now he’s desperate

In an opinion piece in The New York Times, John Brennan cites press reports and Trump’s own goading of Russia during the campaign to find Democrat Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.

Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

Since the crisis exploded in Boston in 2002, dioceses around the country have dealt with similar revelations of widespread sexual abuse.

Baloney Meter: is flow of asylum seekers at Canada-U.S. border a ‘crisis’?

“I think any time you have a government that allows 30,000 people over the course of a short period of time to come into Canada illegally, the impact that that has, that is a crisis,” said Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.

Altidore nets 3 as Toronto drubs Whitecaps 5-2

Vancouver falls 7-4 on aggregate in Canadian Championship final

Ottawa intervenes to get B.C. ball player, 13, to Little League World Series

Before immigration issue was resolved, Dio Gama was out practicing the game he loves Wednesday

Most Read