CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. — As crews reach the mop-up stage of fighting fire in Charlie Lake, the acting fire chief says no homes were lost in the Charlie Lake area, and no injuries or deaths were reported in the fires, either. Several outbuildings were lost, however — as well as a barn and a few sheds.
“It was a very hectic, wind-driven fire. We’d never experienced anything of this magnitude before,” Dale Widsten, acting as the Charlie Lake Fire Deparment’s Fire Chief at the moment, told reporters.
The fire started on Monday, with more than 30 of their volunteers working tirelessly on extinguishing the fires. The first night, crews worked from 4 p.m. to 2:30 in the morning. Some put in 16-hour shifts, or longer.
Widsten thanked the City of Fort St. John, and their fire department, for the extra resources that helped in fighting the flames, as the fire department did not have hydrants.
“It’s only because of Fort St. John and the resources that we were able to pull that we were able to have the outcome that we did, which was a very successful outcome,” he said, adding that the public came through with water trucks.
“We’re very thankful to everyone who assisted us.”
The Charlie Lake area remains under an evacuation alert, after the Peace River Regional District issued an evacuation order earlier this week. Electoral Area C is also in a local state of emergency, as declared by the Regional District.