August 20, 2018 10:20 am
Updated: August 20, 2018 3:01 pm

B.C. wildfires map 2018: Current location of wildfires around the province

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More wildfires are now burning around B.C. than during the record season of 2017.

The B.C. government has declared a province-wide state of emergency.

READ MORE: B.C. declares provincial state of emergency due to wildfires

As of Monday, Aug. 20, there are more than “wildfires of note” burning across B.C.

Wildfires of note are wildfires which are highly visible or which pose a potential threat to public safety.

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Nine are in the Kamloops Fire Centre, which includes the Okanagan, eight in the Cariboo Fire Centre, 19 in the Southeast Fire Centre, four in the Prince George Fire Centre, 12 in the Northwest Fire Centre and four in the Coastal Fire Centre.

The BC Wildfire Service says it is particularly concerned about the corridor through central B.C., connecting Smithers, Prince George and the northern Cariboo.

READ MORE: BC Wildfire Service puts Kamloops Fire Centre blazes on top of priority list

There are more than 500 active fires burning across B.C. with the danger rating risen to ‘high’ or ‘extreme’ in virtually every part of the province. Almost 599,000 hectares have burned so far.

The cost of fighting the fires this year, to date, has now exceeded $257 million.

WATCH: Keith Baldrey breaks down what the state of emergency declaration means, and how long it’s expected to last.

Currently, the province says more than 3,600 firefighters and contractors are actively engaged in fighting fires in all fire regions of the province. This includes 1,427 B.C. contract personnel, as well as 680 out-of-province personnel from Alberta, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Parks Canada, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand.

The BC Wildfire Service has provided a map of where the fires are located (it may not load in high traffic times so you might need to be patient).

The larger icons are the wildfires of note.

FULL COVERAGE: Wildfires burning around B.C.

WATCH: Coverage of wildfires this year on Globalnews.ca

Kamloops Fire Centre

Gottfriedsen Mountain

This 633-hectare wildfire is burning about 24 kilometres west of West Kelowna and about 8 kilometres north of Highway 97.

Fire crews have successfully constructed control lines around the perimeter of the fire and are establishing hose lays to assist in mopping up operations.

An evacuation alert connected to the fire was rescinded on Aug. 18.

The fire was caused by lightning.

Mabel Creek

Located 6.5 kilometres east of Mabel Lake, the Mabel Creek fire is an estimated 1,861 hectares in size.

This fire has grown to the west past Mabel Creek and has joined with several smaller fires.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is suspected to have been sparked by lightning.

It is classified as out of control.

An Area Restriction Order was put in place at 4 p.m. PT on Aug. 4 and remains in force until the earlier of 12 noon on Sept. 15, 2018 or until the order is rescinded. The order is for Crown land in the vicinity of Mabel Lake.

This order was put in place to address a public safety concern arising from the Mabel Creek Wildfire and in order to avoid interference with fire control.

The public must not remain in or enter the restricted area without the prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person:

  1. Travelling as a person acting in an official capacity; or,
  2. Travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.

The recreation site near fire K41791 on the northeast corner of Sugar Lake along with the Kate Creek FSR access road have also been closed.

They have also recommended a closure to all recreation traffic from Km 8 to Km 59 on the Mabel Lake FSR and the closure of all recreation sites along that road.

The closure does not apply to the residents in the Mable Lake Holdings community, nor other private residences along the Mabel Lake FSR. These closures are not due to fire threat but for road safety for fire crews and industry partners traveling to and from the fires. This takes effect immediately.

You can find all road closure information here.

Sugar Mountain

The 394-hectare fire is burning four kilometres east of Sugar Lake.

However, the estimated size of this fire is out-of-date as crews are currently unable to get updated data due to smoke.

It is classified as out of control.

An Area Restriction Order was put in place at 4 p.m. PT on Aug. 4 and remains in force until the earlier of 12 noon PT on Sept. 15, or until the order is rescinded. The order is for Crown land in the vicinity of Sugar Lake (west of Sugar Lake).

For the purpose of public and responder safety, the Sugar Creek recreation site on the northeast corner of Sugar Lake is closed, as is the Kate Creek FSR access road.

The Mabel Lake FSR is closed from Km 10  (north the Mabel Lake Proincial Park) to Km 59 (at the junction of Highway 1) and all recreation sites along that road. The closure does not apply to the residents in the Mable Lake Holdings community, nor other private residences along the Mabel Lake FSR.

These closures are not due to fire threat but for road safety for fire crews and industry partners traveling to and from the fires.

Also, for public and responder safety, the B.C. Wildfire Service has closed the Sugar Creek recreation site on the northeast corner of Sugar Lake, along with the Kate Creek FSR access road. These are nearest to the Sugar Mountain wildfire perimeter.

Info about road closures in the area.

Snowy Mountain

The Snowy Mountain fire is burning about 14 kilometres south of Keremeos in the Snowy Protected Area.

It is still an estimated 13,359 hectares in size but is now classified as “being held.”

On Aug. 19, an increase in wind and led to an increase in fire activity on the ridgetops and within the Barrington Creek drainage.

The B.C. Wildfire Service Incident Management Team assigned to the Snowy Mountain Fire is working collaboratively with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources given the fire’s proximity to the border.

Fire equipment is being demobilized in areas where it is no longer required.

Hundreds of properties remain on evacuation alert due to this fire.

Please see the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for complete details.

READ MORE: Cawston, Keremeos evacuation alert expanded due to Snowy Mountain wildfire

An area restriction order was put in effect on July 28 for Crown land in the vicinity of Placer Lake to protect public safety and the safety of firefighting personnel.

The Snowy Mountain fire on Thursday, Aug. 2.

BC Wildfire Service

BC Parks has closed the Snowy Protected Area, and would-be visitors are advised to check with BC Parks before heading to the area.

The fire is burning at a high elevation and is visible to the communities of Keremeos and Cawston.

The fire was caused by lightning.

WATCH: Local businesses affected by Okanagan wildfires

Cool Creek

This 6,000-hectare fire is burning in a remote section, approximately 35 kilometres west of Keremeos.

The fire, however, has resulted in a massive evacuation alert from the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen, though it’s primarily aimed at ranchers and cattle.

According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire is burning in inaccessible terrain and exhibiting extreme fire behaviour. There is an evacuation alert in effect for the Cool Creek area and the Ashnola Forest Service road.

Grouse Creek

This 329-hectare wildfire is burning about 4.5 kilometres northwest of D’Arcy.

The fire, which is highly visible from the community of D’Arcy and the N’Quatqua First Nations, is 40 per cent contained.

Control lines are in place along the perimeter of the fire. Most of the fire’s growth has been along the height of land and upslope away from homes and infrastructure.

The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) has issued an evaluation alert for properties in the area of Ponderosa, McGillivray and D’Arcy. You can find more information about the alert here.

The cause remains under investigation.

Harris Creek FSR

This 508-hectare wildfire is burning approximately 16 kilometres southeast of Lumby.

It is considered out of control and 21 firefighters battling the blaze as of Monday with support from five helicopters.

Juliet Creek

This now 868-hectare wildfire is burning about 47 kilometres southwest of Merritt.

The fire’s size is estimated based on current visibility. The size may change as visibility improves.

On Sunday, crews completed danger tree assessment and falling operations in the Maka Creek area on the northern flank. Crews continued to conduct danger tree assessment and falling on the southern flank as the fire burns up to the Upper Spur Road. Crews successfully executed a planned ignition of the slash pile on the southern flank.

An evacuation order is in effect for Electoral Area ‘N” in the Murray Lake area. The order covers all properties bordering Murray Lake, along with several others.

The fire was caused by lightning.

Old Tom Creek

This fire is located approximately seven kilometres west of Olalla and is estimated at 144 hectares.

It is listed as out of control, with 40 personnel on site, along with 10 pieces of heavy equipment.

Heavy equipment will assist ground crews to consolidate control lines and complete contingency lines. Aviation resources will be deployed as visibility has improved.

Cariboo Fire Centre

Blackwater River

This 4,519-hectare fire is burning east of Blackwater River and 72 kilometres west of Quesnel.

It is 75 per cent guarded but zero per cent contained.

Smoke lifted on Sunday, which allowed for helicopter bucketing operations to take place.

An evacuation alert order remains in effect due to this wildfire. Please see the Cariboo Regional District website for details.

Shag Creek

This 9,300-hectare fire is still zero per cent contained.

It is burning west of Shag Creek.

The fire was taken over by an incident management team on Friday, which will be responsible for the Narcosli Creek, North Baezaeko, Blackwater River and the Shag Creek wildfires.

The fire is being monitored by the Cariboo Fire Centre.

On Aug. 11, the Cariboo Regional District expanded the evacuation order due to this wildfire, affecting 901 properties to include the Titetown, Kluskus and Batnuni areas.

The initial evacuation order was issued Aug. 7 and impacted 17 properties. It was then followed by an evacuation order Aug. 8, affecting 93 properties.

The fire was caused by lightning.

Wild Goose Lake

This 7,228-hectare wildfire is burning at Wild Goose Lake.

It is now 40 per cent contained and was caused by lightning.

The fire had two small excursions on Sunday, one of approximately 1.5 hectares, and another of 0.5 hectares.

Crews have since wrapped both excursions with guard and hose.

Ground crews plan to burn out an area on the southeast flank to remove unburned fuel between the guard and the fire perimeter when conditions permit.

Small planned ignitions may also occur if weather permits.

Crews were able to attack hotspots after a recently completed scan of the area, and another scan is planned as soon as conditions allow.

An evacuation alert and evacuation order have been implemented by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

READ MORE: BC wildfire: Cariboo Region District issues evacuation order for 900 properties

Mayfield Lake

The 300-hectare wildfire is burning northwest of Mayfield Lake.

It is now 70 per cent contained and 100 per cent guarded.

Crews on Monday aimed to continue securing the fire’s perimeter.

The Cariboo Regional District has issued an evacuation alert in relation to this fire. You can find more details on the district’s website.

Narcosli Creek

This wildfire is still 3,400 hectares in size and burning approximately 31 kilometres southwest of Quesnel.

It is 90 per cent guarded and 70 per cent contained.

Heavy equipment are continuing to establish control lines.

This fire was taken over by an incident management team on Friday, which will be responsible for the Narcosli Creek, Baezaeko River, Blackwater River and the Shag Creek wildfires.

An evacuation alert and order has been implemented by the Cariboo Regional District. For more information, visit the Cariboo Regional District Website.

An evacuation alert has been issued the City of Quesnel with all city properties on evacuation alert west of the Fraser River.

North Baezaeko

This 4,000-hectare wildfire is burning south of Kluskoil Lake Park, about 85 kilometres west of Quesnel.

It is zero per cent contained.

Crews will reinforce the perimeter guard on the southwest corner where the guard was breached. Pre-existing cutblock roads will be used to enhance containment. Fire behaviour was more active on Sunday, causing more fuels to be consumed within the fire.

This fire was taken over by an incident management team on Friday, which will be responsible for the Narcosli Creek, Baezaeko River, Blackwater River and the Shag Creek wildfires.

An evacuation alert and evacuation order have been implemented by the Cariboo Regional District. For more information, visit the Cariboo Regional District Website.

Southeastern B.C.

Blacktail Mountain

This wildfire of note is now 2,087 hectares in size and burning in Kokanee Glacier Park, about eight kilometres southeast of Silverton.

It remains zero per cent contained, though the B.C. Wildfire Service says it is closely monitoring the fire.

An area restriction is in effect for the entire Silverton Creek drainage, including Idaho Peak.

An aerial view of the Blazed Creek wildfire. Courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Blazed Creek

This 5,642-hectare wildfire is burning approximately two kilometres north of Highway 3 and approximately 26 kilometres northwest of Creston.

There was an increase in smoke and rolling debris from this fire. In the interest of public safety, Highway 3 is open to alternating traffic.

A travel advisory has been in effect for possible sudden closures due to wildfire activity. Representatives from Highways will continue to conduct patrols during the day and overnight to monitor for any additional changes. Check http://www.drivebc.ca for the latest closure information.

It was caused by lightning.

The Whitetail Creek fire. Courtesy: B.C. Wildfire Service.

Whitetail Creek

This fire is burning just outside of Kootenay National Park, approximately 40 kilometres north of Radium Hot Springs.

The fire is still 576 hectares and is now 20 per cent contained. It is 50 per cent guarded.

The fire is being managed using direct and indirect attack management tactics and fire behaviour monitoring to contain the fire within predetermined perimeters. This type of response is used to minimize costs and damage, and to maximize ecological benefits from the fire.

This wildfire does not pose a threat to the Radium Hot Springs or other local communities at this time.

No homes or structures are being threatened, but Parks Canada has issued an area closure for the area near Luxor Pass trail, West Kootenay trail and Dolly Varden trail as a precaution.

The Beaverfoot Forest Service Road is closed beyond the 47-kilometre mark (near the Symond Creek Bridge). No access is permitted on this section of road. This road will remain closed until the public is otherwise notified.

READ MORE: Wildfires force closure of Highway 93 from Radium Hot Springs to Alberta border

A smoke advisory for the area near Numa Creek trail and Floe Creek trail along the region of the South Rockwall has also been issued.

Fourteen firefighters, one helicopter and two pieces of heavy equipment are responding to the fire, which was caused by lightning.

The Whitetail Creek fire as seen in this photo from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Sage Creek

The 2,007-hectare fire is burning approximately 65 kilometres southeast of Fernie and approximately six kilometres southwest of the B.C.-Alberta border.

The blaze is said to be producing a large column of smoke that is visible from Pincher Creek, Alta.,and surrounding areas.

This fire is a modified response fire, meaning it is managed using a combination of suppression techniques, including direct and indirect attack, and monitoring to steer, contain and otherwise manage fire activity within predetermined perimeters. This type of response is used to minimizes costs and/or damage and to maximize benefits from the fire.

The wildfire is 65 per cent contained and has not experienced any significant fire growth since August 16.

More than 100 firefighters, 12 helicopters, two airtankers and three pieces of heavy equipment are on the scene along with an incident management team from Alberta.

The Flathead Sage Creek Forest Service Road is closed starting at the 81-kilometre mark at the junction of Flathead Kishinena Forest Service Road and the Flathead Sage Forest Service Road. No access is permitted on this section of road. This road will remain closed until the public is otherwise notified.

This fire is burning in remote terrain.

The Sage Creek wildfire seen here burning on Aug. 7. Credit: B.C. Wildfire Service.

Parks Canada wildfire-Kootenay wildfire complex

Parks Canada is currently managing three lightning-caused wildfires in Kootenay, Yoho and Banff national parks. None of the fires currently pose a risk to local communities.

Here is a list of what is open and closed in the parks due to this wildfire burning.

A fire ban is in place for Kootenay, Yoho and Banff national parks due to elevated fire danger.

Cross River

This 3,708-hectare wildfire of note is burning approximately nine kilometres east of Highway 93, and about 23 kilometres northeast of the Village of Radium.

An evacuation alert for nine properties including the Nipika Mountain Resort was upgraded to an evacuation order.

This fire is a modified response fire, meaning it is managed using a combination of suppression techniques, including direct and indirect attack, and monitoring to steer, contain and otherwise manage fire activity within predetermined perimeters.

Cross River FSR restriction begins at the 10-km mark of Settler’s Road, continuing down the Ravenheads FSR to the 44.75-km mark and continuing north on the Cross River FSR to the Cross Mitchell FSR junction. The Palliser FSR is restricted from the junction of the Kootenay River/Palliser FSR at the 40.25 km mark, continuing up Palliser FSR to the area around Nipika lodge.

The fire was caused by lightning.

Glenogel and Porcupine

This new wildfire of note is 113 hectares in size and burning approximately 16 kilometres east of Golden and approximately 400 metres north of Highway 1.

This fire is highly visible from Highway 1, but is not currently impacting the highway or any communities or structures.

The Glenogel and Porcupine fire from the air.

McArthur Creek

This fire is 206 hectares in size.

An evacuation order has been issued for the Sheep Creek Road area southeast of Salmo.

The McArthur fire from the air. Courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service.

READ MORE: Wildfire burning near Salmo, annual music festival

This fire is burning in remote terrain and is being closely monitored as it reaches more safe and operable terrain.

Crews are planning to conduct small-scale burn operations to establish containment on the north and east flanks.

Lost Dog wildfire complex (formerly Ta Ta Creek)

This now 706-hectare wildfire is burning about 14 kilometres north of Kimberley, and is actually a cluster of three fires.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) has issued an evacuation alert for the Ta Ta Creek area, including west of the Kootenay River from 1.5 kilometres south of Fastad Way Road to 2.5 kilometres north of Woods Corner.

Lynch Creek

This wildfire of note is 122 hectares in size and burning approximately 25 kilometres north of Downtown Grand Forks and about two kilometres northeast of North Fork Road.

It is zero per cent contained.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has issued an evacuation alert for all properties from the junction of Miller Creek Forest Service Road to kilometre 34 on Granby Road. The Granby River is the western boundary.

For more information on this alert, please contact the RDKB at 250 368-0259 or visit their website at www.rdkb.com

Coal Creek FSR

This 713-hectare wildfire is burning about 12 kilometres east of Fernie, and is zero per cent contained.

The blaze is visible from Fernie and Alberta but is not currently threatening communities.

The fire has forced the closure of the Coal Creek FSR from the 33-kilometre mark. The Leach Creek FSR is also restricted beginning at the junction of Leach Creek FSR.

The Corbin Road and Morrisey Creek FSRs are restricted beginning at the 0.3-km mark of Morrisey FSR from the junction of Morrisey Road.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Meachen Creek

This 6,996-hectare wildfire is burning in the Kianuko Provincial park, about 25.5 kilometres southwest of St. Mary Lake.

This fire has now placed the City of Kimberley under evacuation alert and 65 properties west of Kimberley under evacuation order.

READ MORE: B.C. wildfire update Friday: Entire city of Kimberley under evacuation alert

The BC Wildfire Service says the fire experienced minimal growth overnight, but has revised the size of the fire up due to more accurate mapping.

Crews experienced favourable winds on Saturday, which pushed the fire back onto itself int he lower part of the Meachen Creek drainage.

The fire has not entered St. Mary Valley and little change occurred overnight.

The B.C. Wildfire Service has been actively monitoring this fire with flights twice daily as conditions allow.

This fire is producing heavy smoke and residents of Kimberley and surrounding communities have been experiencing ash fall.

There are forest service road restrictions in effect for the Meachen Creek, Redding Creek, Grey Creek and White Boar forest service roads. Click here for a detailed map.

B.C. Parks has also issued a partial closure of Kianuko Provincial Park.

Three helicopters and four pieces of heavy equipment are on scene at this fire.

Randal Creek

This wildfire of note is located approximately 17 kilometres southeast of Yahk on the B.C./U.S.A. border.

It is estimated to be 879 hectares in size.

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) has issued an evacuation alert for the Yahk, Meadow Creek Road and Highway 3/95 area. For more information on this alert, please call the RDEK at 250 426-2188 or visit their website at rdek.bc.ca.

An area restriction is in effect for the area past the 6 km mark on the Yahk Meadow Creek Road.

Santa Rosa

This new wildfire of note is burning approximately 9 kilometres southeast of Castle Mountain and approximately 22 kilometres southwest of Rossland.

It is estimated to be 188 hectares in size, though the fire’s origins stem from the Horns Mountain wildfire in Washington state, which crossed over the B.C. border earlier in the week. That fire is estimated to be 2,176 acres (880 hectares) and is only 15 per cent contained.

As a precautionary measure in the interest of public safety, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has issued an evacuation alert for properties in the Big Sheep Creek drainage and for properties east of kilometres 2 on Santa Rosa Road. For more information on this alert, please contact the RDKB at 250 368-0259 or visit their website at www.rdkb.com.

Bulldog Mountain / South of Renata Creek

This wildfire of note is 605 hectares and burning in the Bulldog Mountain area, about five kilometres south of Renata.

It is zero per cent contained.

As a precautionary measure and in the interest of public safety, the Regional District of Central Kootenay has issued an evacuation alert for nine addresses located south of Renata on Lower Arrow Lake.

An area restriction is in effect for the area within the boundary of Dog Creek, Grass Creek, Bulldog Eight Forest Service Road and the height of land connecting the noted perimeters.

Toronto Creek

This 12-hectare wildfire is burning approximately 12 kilometres north of downtown Grand Forks and about 2 kilometres east of Granby Road.

It is now 70 per cent contained.

The remainder of this fire is burning in steep and difficult terrain. Crews are putting a line of hose on this section of fire.

This fire is in ‘being held’ status meaning that the fire has received sufficient suppression action that it is not likely to spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries under the prevailing and forecasted conditions.

As a precautionary measure and in the interest of public safety, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has issued an evacuation alert for properties along Granby Road and Volcanic Creek Road. For more information on this alert, please contact the RDKB at 250 368-0259 or visit their website at www.rdkb.com.

This fire is located in rugged terrain and is displaying active growth.

Deer Creek

This 225-hectare fire is burning about three kilometres east of Arrow Lake, and eight kilometres northwest of Deer Park.

Due to strong winds, the fire has been spotting in the southeast, making it unsafe for crews and equipment to be on site.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has issued an evacuation alert for the area from  from south of Deer Park at Cayuse Creek, northwest along the lake to the end of Broadwater Road, and north to the end of Deer Creek Forest Service Road. For more information on this alert please call the RDCK at 250 352-7701 or visit their website.

Hunter Creek

This 14-hectrare wildfire is burning north of Highway 1, about eight kilometres east of Golden.

It is burning in steep and difficult terrain, and crews are attacking it with a helicopter.

The fire is highly visible from Highway 1 and surrounding areas, but isn’t threatening any structures or communities.

Syringa Creek

This 419-hectare wildfire is burning about four kilometres north of Syringa Provincial Park, and about 13 kilometers south of Deer Park.

It is burning in steep, remote terrain making it unsafe for crews to attack.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has issued an evacuation alert for all of Syringa Provincial Park, and southeast along Lower Arrow Lake to the Hugh Keenleyside Dam in Robson. For more information on this alert please call the RDCK at 250 352-7701 or visit their website.

Prince George Fire Centre

The Chutanli Lake wildfire. Courtesy of B.C. Wildfire Service.

Chutanli Lake

This now 12,250-hectare wildfire is burning 11 kilometres northeast of Tatelkuz Lake.

The fire is 23 kilometres west of Titetown and two to three kilometres west of Batnuni.

Firefighters are keeping residents informed as the fire progresses eastward. Structural protection has been set up, however, no activation triggers have been reached at this point in time.

This fire remains out of control.

The Kluskus FSR is currently closed to traffic from the 70-kilometre to 113-kilometre mark. The Martin Road and the Blue Road have also been closed due to fire activity.

An evacuation alert is in effect for two properties in the Tatelkuz Lake area, which is about 131 kilometres west of Quesnel.

Purvis Lake

This now 2,290-hectare fire is burning 20 kilometres east of Takla Lake.

Fire behaviour settled down on Saturday due to higher overnight humidity and a change of fuel composition.

The Driftwood FSR has been closed for four days, and will remain closed throughout Saturday while crews conduct back burning operations.

Crews are focusing on the eastern, northeastern and southeastern perimeters, and structural protection has been set up for properties to the northeast as a precaution.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an evacuation order for the area including Purvis Lake to Tchentlo Lake and the Tchentlo Forest Service Road (FSR), south of Nation Lakes Park to the intersection of the Leo Creek FSR and the Driftwood FSR. This order does not include the Driftwood Forest Service Road.

In addition to the evacuation order there is a partial closure order for Nation Lakes Park. This includes the Indata, Limestone, Tchentlo and Progress Point campsites.

Trees candling at the Shovel Lake Fire.

BC Wildfire Service

North of Tezzeron Lake

This wildfire is 4,674 hectares in size and burning 106 kilometres northwest of Vanderhoof and 13 kilometres south of Inzana Lake.

The Hat Creek FSR was burnt more than three days ago and is currently closed as is the Hat Creek Connector near the area of this fire.

The fire is being closely monitored by aircraft.

This fire remains out of control.

Coastal Fire Centre

Gold Valley Main

This 90-hectare wildfire is burning near the Village of Zeballos.

This fire is highly visible to the people in the Village and is burning in very steep ground with extremely difficult and unsafe access for firefighting.

As a result, the local government has issued an evacuation alert for the area east of the Zeballos River (town side), and an evacuation order for six properties at risk of falling debris. The details can be viewed on the village’s website.

The Zeballos FSR, the only road in and out of town, is being closed periodically for 30-45 minute stints to allow tree fallers to conduct work along the route.

Overhead shot of the Nanaimo Lakes Wildfire.

Twitter/BC Wildfire Service

Mt. Hicks

This 155-hectrare wildfire is burning about 10 kilometres north of Agassiz above Highway 7.

It is now 30 per cent contained.

The fire has forced intermittent closures on Highway 7 between Chowat Road and Jonson Slough, to allow crew and aircraft movement. Check DriveBC for the latest updates.

Crews are working to secure power lines and contain the fire along the road side. They are focusing on building wet lines and guards while reinforcing the containment line on the fire’s west flank.

The nearby Sasquatch Provincial Park has also been closed, and campers and recreational users have been ordered to leave the area.

The fire is believed to have been human-caused.

Pinder Creek

This 105-hectare wildfire is burning along the Zeballos FSR from the 15.5 km mark (from the Island Highway).

It is now 10 per cent contained.

The road to Zeballos remains open, and this is a priority for the crews working on the fire. This fire has steep terrain on the back side of the fire, and it is slowly rolling down this slope. It is burning in slash and heavy timber.

The Zeballos FSR, the only road in and out of town, is being closed periodically for 30-45 minute stints to allow tree fallers to conduct work along the route.

Larry Lake (Formerly Alice Lake)

This five-hectare fire is burning about six kilometres northeast of Port Alice.

Crews were able to make progress on the fire Friday night, and it is now 10 per cent contained.

The BC Wildfire Service says the blaze is challenging crews’ efforts, and is closing in on Highway 30.

While it is threatening utility poles that carry power and phone lines into Port Alice, there is no threat to the town as of Saturday.

The fire is believed to be lightning-caused.

Northwest B.C.

The Shovel Lake fire. Credit: Twyla Lee

Shovel Lake

This now 85,774-hectare wildfire is burning about 30 kilometres northeast of Burns Lake.

It is burning about 6.7 kilometres north of Endako and Highway 16, and about 13 kilometres north of Stallako.

It is also sending heavy smoke into Fort St. James and the surrounding areas.

There are 113 firefighters on scene, along with eight helicopters and 52 pieces of heavy equipment.

READ MORE: B.C. wildfire update Wednesday: Massive Shovel Lake wildfire now 50,000 hectares

The Shovel Lake fire remains active on Saturday, with crews expecting sunny skies and light winds.

Crews conducted successful planned ignition on Saturday, clearing a six-kilometre area of fuel between Stern Lake and Ormond Creek.

The BC Wildfire Service says this reinforces the containment line along the PNG pipeline and will help stop the growth of the fire towards the north shore of Fraser Lake.

Structural firefighters and structural protection specialists were on Stella Road on Saturday, as a protective measure during the burn-off.

On Sunday, crews are working to mop up the fire’s southern perimeter, while pushing a guard in on the fire’s southern flank.

Heavy equipment is deployed to the fire’s east side to push guard past the Sutherland FSR.

The fire’s east side was active on Saturday and crossed over the Settlement Road, moving through heavy timber and into a field. Crews worked to tie  the fire back in to the perimeter on Saturday, and are continuing to make a guard near Hannay Road on the fire’s northwest on Sunday.

Structural protection specialists are engaged with structural firefighters and equipment from the Office of the Fire Commissioner in order to assess and protect structures as needed on the north shore of Fraser Lake, Nadleh Whut’en and out to the Echo Lake and Dog Creek areas. The structural crews are running day and night shifts, with engine tender task forces working overnight.

The BC Wildfire Service says structural crews are running around the clock to ensure public safety and protect property. On Friday night, two engine task forces with 40 personnel worked on structural protection patrol.

The B.C. Wildfire Service has implemented an area restriction order to protect public safety due to the wildfire’s rate of spread and to avoid interference with fire suppression efforts. The area restriction order will remain in place until noon on Sept. 15, or until the order is rescinded.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechacko has declared a state of local emergency for Areas “C” and “D”.

The Trout Lake FSR is closed due to fire activity. The Sutherland Road is closed from the 15 kilometre mark.

An evacuation order is in place due to this wildfire. Click here for details.

An evacuation alert is also in place due to this wildfire. Click here for details.

Trees candling at the Shovel Lake Fire.

BC Wildfire Service

WATCH: Taking photos and videos of the B.C. wildfires

Elbow Lake

The 660-hectare Elbow Lake fire is burning in the Cassiar fire zone, along Highway 37, 70 kilometres north of Dease Lake.

The fire is classified as out of control but is still 10 per cent contained.

It is an interface fire, and some cabins are receiving structural protection.

The fire is highly visible from Highway 37, and producing a large volume of smoke.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says the fire was lightning-caused.

The Regional District of Kitimat Stikine has implemented an evacuation order for this lightning-caused wildfire.

Verdun Mountain

The Verdun Mountain fire is burning 17 kilometres southwest of Grassy Plains.

It is now 14,711 hectares in size, and is an interface fire.

There were 105 firefighters and 37 pieces of heavy equipment working this fire on Sunday.

The fire’s southeast flank is burning into an old scar, while on the west flank it is now adjacent to the Keefe Landing Road, but is holding there.

The BC Wildfire service was planning a burn-off to solidify the fire line when conditions allow.

Crews have been using a pair of heavy helicopters to bucket  along a guard behind Takysie Lake, and on teh southwest corner the fire is backing slowly owards a guard on the south.

Crews have completed guard from Takysie Lake to Tatalaska Lake, and from the north end of Tatalaska Lake to Francoise lake.

Guard has also been completed from Westman Lake to Innis Lake, from Cheslatta Road near Wall Road to Cheslatta Road, and from the bend in Westman Lake Drive and Westman lake Road to Takysie Lake.

Crews worked the fire with water skimmers on Friday.

The fire was particularly active Thursday evening, forcing crews and structural protection to retreat to safe zones.

The Bulkley Nechako Regional District has declared a state of local emergency for Area “E.”

The evacuation alert and order was expanded for this wildfire Tuesday by the Bulkley Nechako Regional District. For more information visit their website.

The Verdun Mountain fire. Credit: Axel Orr.

Nadina Lake

This now 72,172 hectare wildfire is burning 60 kilometres south of Houston, 63 kilometres southwest of Burns Lake, and seven kilometres southwest of Parrott Lakes.

Crews were working Sunday to try and open up the Owen East Road and were preparing for a planned ignition near Owen Lake if conditions allowed.

Firefighters have been challenged by a series of cutblocks on the fire’s west flank, and by poor visibility on the fire’s northeast.

A guard is being planned from Old Issac Trail to Moose Pit.

Crews were also working Sunday to mop up any burned control lines, remove danger trees and establish guard.

Power lines that come in from Houston along Morice River FSR to the Huckleberry mine at 121 kilometre have been turned off as they are potentially a hazard to crews working in the area.

On Friday, airtankers were tasked with structural protection, amid high fire activity on the south flank. Guards were worked on at the southeast, south and northwest flanks.

The fire was extremely active on Thursday night growing 3.5 kilometres southeast towards Wistaria. Area residents say at least one property in Wistaria has been destroyed.

Several roads within the perimeter are impassable due to downed trees.

Structural protection is also assessing the area.

There is aggressive backing fire on the southwest perimeter. The head of the fire is west of Gale Lake.

It is classified as an interface fire, and an evacuation order has been recommended for a lodge and a fish hatchery in the area.

An evacuation order and an evacuation alert are both in effect for the area.

Island Lake Wildfire

This fire is now 17,291 hectares in size and burning adjacent to Island Lake, south of Francois Lake.

An evacuation alert and an evacuation order in the Binto Wo FSR area are in effect for the fire.

The fire was active on Saturday, producing a large volume of visible smoke, and produced a 120 hectare extrusion to the south of Anzus Lake.

However, no properties were threatened.

Ground crews and heavy equipment are working off the 238 road on Sunday to build a fuel-free containment line to try and stop the fire’s growth to the east.

Several planned ignitions were conducted on Saturday.

Heavy equipment worked on Saturday night to build guard, and crews are working Sunday to tie the fire into the old Binta Fire burn scar.

Crews are working on guards in the east and on the 200 Road, and are monitoring for structural protection in the area and on the lakeshore.

Forty new firefighters were assigned to the fire on Friday.

Sunday’s forecast is for warm, dry conditions with light winds.

Alkali Lake

This wildfire has now grown to 38,892 hectares and is burning five kilometres northwest of Telegraph Creek.

The evacuation alert for Alkali Fire is now an evacuation order. It includes Telegraph Creek, Glenora and the area along the Highway 51 corridor to the edge of Dease Lake. There are no evacuation orders or alerts for the community of Dease Lake at this time.

Winds were expected to be light throughout Saturday, allowing crews to check structure protection, reinforce guards and clear danger trees.

However winds were expected to shift around to the northwest late Saturday, putting pressure on different parts of the fire.

Crews with air support are working to minimize impact on Telegraph Creek and Glenora, and guards have been created around communities and infrastructure.

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Structure protection specialists are continuing to install equipment on area properties and culturally significant sites and infrastructure, and relocating equipment from areas where the threat has subsided.

BC Hydro crews are working to clear damaged line and replace poles, and crews from the Ministry of Transportation are working to repair Telegraph Creek Road.

Power has been restored to most areas of Telegraph Creek and personnel from BC Hydro are now focusing on the Sawmill Lake area and towards Glenora.

A new scan of the fire boundary is scheduled for Saturday.

A number of properties have been damaged by the fire.

The Alkali Lake wildfire as seen from the air. Courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Torkelson Lake

This now 880-hectare wildfire is burning approximately 24 kilometres south of Fort Babine.

It is 65 per cent guarded and 15 per cent contained.

Along the fire’s west perimeter, the fire was burning at rank 3 on Friday. Crews worked Saturday to prevent fire from compromising the Nilkitkwa FSR.

The fire has not currently impacted the Nilkitkwa FSR, and access to Fort Babine has not been compromised.

Structural protection units have been deployed in the area of 4 Mile Cabin, but no structures have been affected so far.

Ground crews, helicopters, and heavy equipment will continue working to protect identified values in the area.

Ground Crews will be continue working to prevent impacts to transmission lines, cabins and property. Crews are looking to progress the machine guard on the west side.

Currently the Nilkitkwa Forest Service Road and access to Fort Babine have not been impacted by the fire. Firefighting resources and flaggers may be seen on the road near the 18 kilometre marker.

Structural protection units have been deployed in the 5 Mile cabin area. No structures have been affected at this time.

The Regional District of Bulkley Nechako has put an evacuation order in place for several structures in the wildfire’s vicinity including east of the Nilkitkwa Forest Service Road (FSR) along the shore of Babine Lake, north of Smithers Landing and Fort Babine reserve lands TSAK 9.

Gilmore Lake

This now 216 hectare wildfire is burning approximately 2.5 kilometers south of Gilmore Lake and 8 kilometers southwest of Topley.

It remains 100 per cent contained.

The Gilmore Wildfire is somewhat active but does remain within its perimeters. Crews will establish control lines on the northwest and north flanks, as well as mopping up any spots along the south and southeast flanks.

The Bulkley Nechako Regional District has implemented an evacuation alert for this wildfire.

Chelaslie Arm

This 1,497-hectare fire is burning about 85 kilometres southeast of Burns Lake, and north of the Chelaslie Arm of the Nechako Reservoir.

The fire is being fought by private industry, and no BC Wildfire Service firefighters are on site.

The fire displayed “vigorous activity” on Friday night, but is burning in a remote area.

An evacuation order and alert are in place for areas near this wildfire.

Pope FSR

This 450-hectare fire is burning about 37 kilometres northwest of hazelton and 25 kilometres northwest of Kispiox Village.

It is 100 per cent machine guarded, and crews are working to mop up the perimeter on Saturday.

Crews contained a spot fire outside the perimeter on Friday.

The pope road FSR is not closed.

Smoke columns visible int he Kispiox Valley are likely from another nearby but remote wildfire on Cutoff Mountain.

Tesla Lake

This 16,500-hectare wildfire is burning about 138 kilometres south of Houston on the north and south sides of Eutsuk Lake.

The fire was previously classified as two separate, smaller fires.

The fire is burning within the boundaries of Tweedsmuir North Provincial park, in a remote area, however structural protection is in place for values identified in the area.

The park is closed until further notice.

An evacuation order and alert are in place for this fire.

A flyover on Friday showed the fire burning vigorously in strong winds.

West Babine River

This 8,000-hectare fire complex is burning 5.5 kilometres west of the confluence of the Babine and Shelagyote Rivers, about 49 kilometres northeast of Hazleton.

It is being managed as part of the Nilkitkwa Wildfire Complex, out of the Bulkley Fire Zone. It was previously being tracked as the Gail Creek wildfire and the West Babine River wildfire.

An evacuation order and alert are in place for areas near this wildfire.

An area restriction order is also in place for areas around Nichyeskwa Creek, which applies to all Crown land, including recreational campgrounds, on this map.

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