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UPDATE: Evacuation alert for Tzenzaicut Lake fire for 25 parcel near Quesnel

Evacuation order also in place for three parcels

A huge area is now affected by an evacuation alert due to the Tzenzaicut Lake Fire following an order first issued May 20.

A small rural neighbourhood southwest of Quesnel, northwest of Williams Lake, southeast of Nazko was ordered to leave their homes due to wildfire, but an alert is now in place for a much larger area.

The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) issued a late-night Evacuation Order for the Tzenzaicut Lake Fire Area directly west of Alexandria and Australian, across the Fraser River by about 40 kilometres. Affected residents were directed to evacuation reception services in Quesnel.

As of the first notification from the BC Wildfire Serivce at about 10:30 p.m. on May 20, the evacuation order applied to an area about 3,813 hectares.

By 10:30 a.m. the next day, Sunday, an evacution alert was issued that applied to 87,426 hectares impacting 25 parcels.

Tzenzaicut Lake Fire was estimated to be 44 hectares in size at first alert. It was discovered at 3:20 p.m. on May 20. When the update was issued, it had grown in estimated size to 116 hectares.

The cause of the fire was believed to be a lightning strike.

The BC Wildfire Service information webpage for this incident can be SEEN HERE.

The CRD’s message read:

CRD Evacuation Order - Tzenzaicut Lake Fire Area

Pursuant to the BC Emergency Program Act, An Evacuation Order has been issued by the Cariboo Regional District at the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for 3 parcels in the Tzenzaicut Lake Fire Area. This order covers 3,813 hectares.

Due to immediate danger to life safety due to fire, members of the RCMP or other groups will be expediting this action.

The evacuation route is:

Head South East on Lavington Road to Tzenzaicut Lake FSR.

Continue to intersection with Tzenzaicut Garner Lake FSR and turn right on Tzenzaicut Lake Road.

Turn left to continue on Tzenzaicut Lake Road.

Turn left on West Fraser Road.

Travel North on West Fraser Road until you reach Quesnel.

Emergency Support Services are available and can be accessed by calling 250-983-3638 after arrival in Quesnel.


You must leave the area immediately

Register at the ESS Centre listed above

Close all windows and doors

Do not shut off your natural gas if you receive an evacuation order. For more information visit

Close gates (latch) but do not lock

Gather your family: take a neighbour or someone who needs help

Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and keys) only if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.

Do not use more vehicles than you have to.

Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service.


Frank Peebles

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I started my career with Black Press Media fresh out of BCIT in 1994, as part of the startup of the Prince George Free Press, then editor of the Lakes District News.
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