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Currently, firefighters are holding the fire south of the Heritage Highway in British Columbia and west of the Two Lakes Road in Alberta. They’re also responding to any initial attacks in these areas and securing the oil and gas camp’s infrastructure and access.

An evacuation order is still in place for the 3 oil and gas camps within the area, while structure protection crews have installed sprinklers on these camps and 4 bridges.

There are 99 firefighters working to control the blaze in B.C. and another 16 to contain the spill over into Alberta.

They’re being accompanied by 130 support staff, 14 B.C. helicopters and 11 Alberta helicopters (5 working on B.C. the side and 6 working on the Alberta side).

There’s also 27 pieces of heavy equipment that are working on B.C.’s side (11 dozers, 3 excavators, 5 water tenders, 2 skidders, 3 low beds, 1 feller buncher and 2 graders), and 9 dozers working on the Alberta side.

Lightning is being blamed for the blaze and an Alberta Incident Management Team has taken over operations.

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