Liard River Fire expected to burn into the weekend

The Liard River has been burning for around 10 days now, and it continues to grow.

Since it was discovered on June 1st, the fire has ballooned up to an estimated size of 205 square kilometers.

However, Fire Information Officer Jillian Chimko says fire crews are going to begin fighting fire with fire.

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88 firefighters are on-site battling the blaze, with the help of six helicopters and a large sprinkler-like system.

Chimko says she expects the fire to continue burning into the weekend. While the Alaska Highway remains open, she recommends postponing any travel plans to the area.

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Coal River, Fireside, and Muddy River Indian Reserve #1 remain on Evacuation Alert.

Chimko says there is a representative from the Prince George Fire Center who is updating the communities on the fire.

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