The Liard River fire is now estimated cover 23,000 hectares, as crews continue to battle the inferno’s western front.
Prince George Fire Information Officer Jillian Chimko says rain has helped slow the rate of growth over the past couple of days, though the fire remains only 15 per cent contained.
Chimko says additional crews have now arrived from Ontario, to provide assistance and relief to those already on scene, including both front-line and management personnel.
She says residents of several small communities, including Fireside, Coal River, and Muddy River Indian Reserve #1, are still in their homes, and are hoping that will remain the case as the battle continues. [asset|aid=1507|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3e07099187192c7b9aaa3ffd80b3ef38-Jill-Evacs_1_Pub.mp3]
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Motorists are still advised to consult drivebc.ca before traveling in the area.
The Lightning-caused fire was discovered on June 1st.