UPDATE: Charlie Lake fire ‘being held’

The wildfire in Charlie Lake, also known as the Coffee Creek wildfire, is now being held at 70 hectares.

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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)

UPDATE: The story has been changed with the latest info from the BC Wildfire Service.

CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. — The wildfire in Charlie Lake, also known as the Coffee Creek wildfire, is now being held at 70 hectares.

According to the Prince George Fire Centre, three initial attack crews are currently responding to the Coffee Creek wildfire.

As of 1 p.m. Friday, three parattack crews and one officer are on scene to continue mop-up operations.

Sustained forecasted wind speeds are called to hit 25 to 45 kilometres an hour, and local gusts may reach over 60 kilometres an hour. Crews on the ground had previously prepared for the winds due to the forecast.

The wind speeds combined with temperatures in the upper 20s and humidities as low as 10 per cent have the potential to increase fire behaviour, says the Prince George Fire Centre.

No evacuation orders are in effect, but a category two fire ban went into effect at noon on Friday.

For the latest information on wildfires across the province, visit BC Wildfire Service’s website.

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