“This fire has been changing hourly, basically we are expecting to have a large burning day just like we did yesterday,” Information Officer, Jill Kelsh said,

Kelsh says the fire had reached 20,000 hectares in size yesterday, resulting in an Evacuation Alert by the Peace River Regional District and most recently, an Evacuation Order by the District of Hudson’s Hope.

Kelsh also says the dry weather is acting as fuel to the fire, resulting in an ‘extreme’ fire danger rating in many of the regions. The lack of rain and precipitation means the moisture in the air we usually experience in the evenings is not present, making firefighting efforts more challenging.

“We’re doing everything we can to make sure (residents) are protected and our number one priority is life and property,” Kelsh said. “We’re working very hard and we’ve been working around the clock to make sure we are doing everything we can,” Kelsh concluded.