Charlie Lake Wildfire now at 70 hectares, no threat to structures

The Charlie Lake wildfire is now at 70 hectares, while BC Wildfire Service and the Charlie Lake Fire Department continue working on containing the blaze.

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A picture of a highway with trees next to it on fire.
Pictures of the Charlie Lake fire next to the Alaska Highway. (Jenna Loren Felske)

CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. — The Charlie Lake wildfire is now at 70 hectares, while BC Wildfire Service and the Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) continue working on containing the blaze.

Despite the fire remaining highly visible, Chief Albury with the CLFD is assuring residents that the fire is not a threat to any structures.

There are no evacuation alerts at this time.

The PRRD says the CLFD, BC Wildfire Service, City of Fort St. John Fire Department, Fort St. John Airport Fire Department, Taylor Fire Department and other first responders worked quickly to contain the fire.

As of Thursday, the BC Wildfire Service is working on the fire, and the CLFD will support where needed, according to the Peace River Regional District (PRRD).

BC Wildfire Service has classified the wildfire as a fire of note.

The fire was discovered Wednesday afternoon just before 4 p.m. and closed Highway 97 until it reopened just before midnight. It is suspected to have been caused by a human.

Residents of the Charlie Lake area reportedly helped one another to evacuate animals, and many local water trucks assisted firefighters.

According to BC Wildfire Service, the fire is still out of control.

For further information, visit the BC Wildfire Service website.

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