FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has issued an evacuation order for the Helmut area due to wildfires.

Residents are being advised to leave the area immediately due to wildfires around 130 km from Fort Nelson and in an area located 35 km northeast of  Kotcho Lake.

There are four fires in the area ranging from 15 to 287 hectares.

The NRRM also declared a state of emergency prior to the order, and it will remain in effect until August 10th.

There are currently 53 active wildfires in the Prince George Fire Centre.

According to the NRRM, those evacuating should do the following: