UPDATE:Three new wildfires in Peace region before the weekend

Three new wildfires sparked Friday afternoon in the Peace region.

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An aerial view of a wildfire and lots of white smoke from a green area, north of Charlie Lake.
Coffee Creek wildfire. (Prince George Fire Centre.)

UPDATE: The Red Creek fire has grown significantly, and now an evacuation order has been issued for the area. Get the full details here.

UPDATE: This story has been updated with the latest information as of 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Friday evening, the Peace River Regional District issued an evacuation order for Goodlow/Boundary Lake residents. Read about that here.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Three new wildfires sparked Friday afternoon in the Peace region.

According to the Prince George Fire Centre, a 1,900-hectare wildfire originating in Alberta south of Goodlow was spotted in the region on May 5th at 1:36 p.m. It is suspected to be human-caused. In B.C., the fire is called the Boundary Lake wildfire and is exhibiting extreme fire behaviour. Late Friday evening, the Peace River Regional District issued an evacuation order and evacuation alert for Goodlow and Boundary Lake residents. Click here for details on both the evacuation order and the alert.

The Peace River Regional District opened their emergency operations centre, and they, along with the B.C. Wildfire Service are monitoring all the wildfires in the region. Currently, the only evacuation orders and alerts issued are for the Boundary Lake wildfire (G80220).

Alberta has fire bans in place across the province, and parts of the county of Grande Prairie have been evacuated. The evacuation order includes all residents between Township Road 710 to the Wapiti River and between Highway 40 and Range Road 73.

A fire northeast of the Coffee Creek fire, close to Red Creek Road, also sparked on Friday afternoon just after 2 p.m. It is considered out of control at 475 hectares, and the cause is under investigation. The B.C. Wildfire Service has three initial attack crews, one unit crew, two helicopters and a structure protection unit that responded to the fire.

A 15-hectare fire north of the Peace River Corridor Provincial Park was discovered on May 5th at 2:33 p.m. It is considered out of control, and the cause is under investigation.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, there are approximately 19 wildfires in the region.

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