Wildfires have sprung up around the province following record-breaking heat in late June. Hundreds of people have been forced to leave their homes and hundreds more are on evacuation alert due to wildfire danger.
There are 37 wildfires of note burning around B.C., with the majority caused by lightning, but some are believed to be human-caused.
A wildfire of note means it is especially visible or poses a threat to public safety.
The province has declared a state of emergency due to the fires burning.
Two hundred and forty-one active fires are burning in the province with five started in the last two days.
Map of wildfires burning around B.C.
Zoom into and move around the map above to see the location of the wildfires in B.C.
Kamloops Fire Centre
This 824-hectare fire is burning south of the Okanagan Connector, about 40 kilometres due west of West Kelowna.
Smoky conditions are again expected for Saturday, though some smoke may lift due to changing winds, which could increase fire behaviour in some areas. As temperatures peak in the afternoon, fire suppression efforts may be challenged.
Structural protection remains in place on high-value resources, including cabins in the Headwater Creek area. Crews will continue to patrol and extinguish hot spots along powerlines.
Northeast of the fire perimeter, crews are working on 100 per cent mop up on a small excursion outside of the guard. Crews are patrolling the guard south of the fire perimeter and will utilize a skidder to extinguish hot spots, as well as completing a 25-foot blackline along the Brenda Lake West Road.
This fire is being managed by a BC Wildfire Service Incident Management Team as part of the Okanagan Complex. Aircraft and other resources may be reallocated from day to day within the complex as priorities shift.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has issued an evacuation order for 43 properties in Electoral Area H. An evacuation alert has also been issued for Eneas Lakes, Pennask Lake, Trepanier, and Pennask Creek provincial parks. Please contact the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for more information.
The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued an evacuation alert for properties, three recreational camping areas, and Crown land within the West Electoral Area, south of Highway 97C and northwest of Peachland. Please contact the Regional District Central Okanagan for more information.
This wildfire has grown to 3,000 hectares in size and is burning 41 kilometres northeast of Lumby.
The fire is classified as out of control and its cause remains under investigation.
BC Wildfire says helicopters have been grounded due to visibility from heavy smoke in the area, which is also preventing accurate mapping.
Very steep terrain in heavy fuel types and the fire continues to strip up and roll down as it makes its way south.
The Regional District of North Okanagan has issued an evacuation order for the 6000 block to 17000 block of Mabel Lake Forest Service Road (including properties known as Cottonwoods), along with an evacuation alert. Please contact the North Okanagan Regional District for more information.
Mabel FSR has been closed.
Crazy Creek Gorge FSR
This wildfire of note is 1,700 hectares in size and burning 29 kilometres north of Sicamous.
Due to thick smoke in the area, BC Wildfire is not able to get an accurate track of the fire perimeter and is instead utilizing satellite imagery.
The Columbia-Shuswap Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for the communities of Queest Village and Pete Martin Bay.
Please contact the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District /250-833-3350 for more information regarding this evacuation alert.
This fire is burning around 2.5 kilometres west of Cahilty Creek, which is around seven km southwest of Sun Peaks Ski Resort.
The fire is listed at 920 hectares and remains classified as out of control.
Crews and helicopters continue to work on identifying hotspots around the perimeter of the fire. Most of the fire is in mop-up and patrol now, with contract crews supported by BCWS personnel working to fully extinguish the perimeter and any hotspots that are found.
Mop up north of Lewis Creek Road moving west along machine forwards towards McClure FSR. There will be few updates to this fire as the objectives will not change significantly.
The fire’s cause is under investigation at this time.
The TNRD has rescinded the evacuation alert for 148 properties in the Heffley Lake area.
It has also rescinded an evacuation order for 132 properties in Whitecroft, and seven properties west of Whitecroft, but an evacuation alert remains for these properties.
The Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality has issued an evacuation alert for all properties within the municipality. For more information, please visit Sun Peaks Municipality website.
The Heffley-Louis Creek Road is open to traffic, however, guests are asked to monitor Drive BC for updates before travelling to Sun Peaks, as road delays may still be possible this weekend.
This fire is now estimated at 6,400 hectares — up considerably from 3,373 hectares on Friday.
It is burning about 33 kilometres southwest of Princeton and is classified as out of control.
The fire has continued to grow to the south and southeast. Due to the growth in size, this fire has become more visible.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
An evacuation alert has been issued by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for 141 properties in the area, along with an evacuation order for two properties.
Please contact the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for more information.
This fire is located approximately seven kilometres south of Lytton, adjacent to Highway 1, and is estimated at 1,207 hectares.
BC Wildfire is classifying it as a modified response fire, adding that no resources have been assigned to it, but that the fire is continually being monitored.
On Friday, as a result of continued hot and dry conditions, there was increased fire activity. Smoke and flame are highly visible from Highway 1, Highway 12 and surrounding communities.
This fire is now estimated at 2,700 hectares, up from 1,100 hectares on Friday, and is burning nine kilometres southeast of Seymour Arm.
This fire is currently classified as out of control.
The east flank of the fire continues to see growth, and aerial crews have been unable to fly for three days due to heavy smoke.
An evacuation alert has been issued by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District for the community of Seymour Arm.
An evacuation order has also been issued for additional properties. For more information on the Evacuation Alert and Evacuation Order, please contact the Columbia Shuswap Regional District for more information.
The July Mountain fire is burning about 45 kilometres southwest of Merrit and west of Highway 5.
It is estimated at 2,000 hectares in size, up from 1,870 hectares on Friday.
The fire continues to grow to the west and is not immediately threatening Highway 5.
However, the fire remains within one kilometre of Highway 5 and is extremely visible from Highway 5, but is not immediately threatening.
The fire is and is currently moving parallel to the highway. Please check Drive BC for details regarding impacts to roadways.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued an evacuation order for a total of 25 properties in Electoral Area N. Please contact the Thompson- Nicola Regional District /250-377-7188 for more information regarding this Evacuation Alert.
This wildfire is located at Lytton and is now an estimated 48,282 hectares in size.
Fire activity continues on the west side of the Thompson River, near Goldpan park. However, due to visibility challenges, crews were not able to access the area on Friday, though heavy smoke blocking sun exposure has hampered fire growth.
Heavy equipment continues work on a control line on the southeast flank. Opportunities for controlled ignitions in this area continue to be assessed, and heavy equipment has begun work on a contingency line further to the south.
A structural protection specialist has done an initial assessment in the Nooaitch community. Crews will develop a plan for resource needs and placement on Sunday.
Structure protection has been deployed and continues to be monitored in communities along the Nicola River from Shackan Indian Band to Spences Bridge.
Increased fire activity continues on the west side of the Botanie Valley, resulting in significant smoke and visible flame.
Fire progression in this area is in the north and west directions. While the fire remains largely at high elevations, there is some downslope progression both toward the Botanie Valley and toward the Fraser River. A machine guard has been constructed on the east side of the west ridge and helicopters continue bucketing operations.
On Friday, ground crews engaged in controlled hand ignitions near Sleetlis Creek on the east side of the Botanie Valley.
BC Wildfire said the ignitions were successful, though some escapes did occur, and that crews are returning on Saturday.
There is potential for growth on many parts of the fire, dependent upon weather, topography and available forest fuels.
The BC Wildfire Service is frequently assessing recommendations regarding evacuation alerts and orders for the regional districts.
EvacuationsOfficials ordered the evacuation of the community of Lytton, B.C., on June 30, just one day after the village shattered the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Canada for three consecutive days.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District ordered the evacuation of 169 properties in the Spences Bridge area of Electoral Area I on July 22.
On July 24 the Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation alert for the Pimainus Lake Area in Electoral Area I (Blue Sky Country).
As of 11 a.m. on July 26, the evacuation alerts in the vicinity of 2256 Trans-Canada Highway and Gladwin-Jade Springs in Electoral Area (Big Sky Country) have been rescinded.
This wildfire is burning 11.5 kilometres north of Lillooet, along West Pavilion Road.
It is an estimated 26,472 hectares, up from 25,122 hectares on Friday, and is classified as out of control. This fire is suspected to be human-caused but is still under investigation.
As of July 3, an area restriction is in place for the Mckay Creek wildfire and surrounding area.
For the area restriction and map, please click on the following link: Area Restriction and Map
Aerial ignitions were undertaken on the northwest flank of the fire in the Second Creek area on Friday.
In addition to growth in this area, there was fire growth in many locations along the west flank. It is expected that the fire spread continued throughout the night and will continue on Saturday.
Significant fire activity continued on the southwest flank in the Slok Creek area on Friday. Fire movement is primarily to the west toward Applespring Creek and Fred Antoine Park. The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District has issued an Evacuation Alert because of this growth.
A thermal scan was completed on the south and east flanks of the fire to identify hotspots. Crews are engaged in patrol and mop up of the identified hot spots.
On July 24, the Thompson Nicola Regional District partially downgraded the evacuation order to an evacuation alert in Electoral Area E (Bonaparte Plateau). An evacuation order remains in place for some of this area.
This 6,500-hectare wildfire of note is burning 55 kilometres northeast of Barriere, and is classified as out of control.
On Friday, it was estimated at 4,200 hectares. The fire’s growth has been on the west side.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has downgraded the evacuation order for one property, the evacuation alert remains in Electoral Area O.
Contact the Thompson- Nicola Regional District /250-377-7188 for more information.
This wildfire of note ignited on Monday, July 17, and is burning six kilometres north of Osoyoos.
It is now an estimated 13,000 hectares in size and remains out of control. Fire behaviour continues to be aggressive and challenging.
Fire growth has been observed and aerial mapping has been requested but due to smoke conditions and fire behaviour, a track has not been able to be completed.
On Friday, growth was observed on the north and northeastern flanks, primarily driven by wind, fuel type, and dry conditions.
Smoky conditions are again expected, though there could be some clearing in the afternoon and evening. Fire behaviour is anticipated to increase through the afternoon and into the evening, as the inversion lifts and skies clear.
Temperatures will be around 35 degrees Celsius this weekend in valley bottoms and 31 C in higher upslope areas, with relative humidity values of approximately 15 per cent.
This trend is expected to continue, with hot, dry conditions persisting. Winds are forecasted to be out of the south 5 to 15 km/h.
Firefighting personnel and heavy equipment remained on site overnight again to protect structures in and near the Shrike subdivision.
Crews are also continuing to patrol and mop up around residential areas near McKinney Road, Nk’Mip Road and Shrike Hill, burning off any unburnt fuel, reinforcing existing guards and extinguishing hotspots.
By removing available fuels from within home ignition zones and around facilities, fires are less likely to impact interface areas.
In areas northeast of the fire, including Mt. Baldy Resort, personnel will continue with structural protection and firesmart activities on properties around the resort. Heavy equipment remains on site.
Structure protection is also continuing near the Anarchist Mountain community. Patrols and mop up continue on the fire’s southern perimeter. Heavy equipment will be strengthening and widening guards on the southeast and eastern flanks.
Evacuation Orders and Alerts have been issued for numerous properties by the Osoyoos Indian Band. Please contact the Osoyoos Indian Band for more information.
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued evacuation alerts and orders for Electoral Area A, C, and areas in the Town of Oliver. The RDOS has expanded the Evacuation Order for Electoral Area C. RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has declared a State of Local Emergency. For more information contact the RDOS at 250-492-0237 or visit their website.
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has issued an evacuation order for 122 properties and an evacuation alert for an additional 304 properties in the area of the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. For more information, please visit their website. The RDKB has issued an Evacuation Order for Electoral Area E and West Boundary.
An Area Restriction Order went into effect at noon on July 24, 2021, for the Nk’Mip Creek wildfire. See a map of the affected area here.
RDOS Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has declared a state of local emergency. For more information contact the RDOS at 250-492-0237 or visit their website.
This wildfire is burning 15 kilometres north of Kamloops Lake and remains the biggest in the province.
It is an estimated 65,484 hectares in size after being discovered on June 28 and is still classified as out of control.
Currently, the north flank of the Sparks Lake wildfire is exhibiting intense fire behaviour driven by wind and temperatures. There are currently no ground or air resources along the northern flank due to higher priority areas on the Sparks Lake wildfire and unsafe fire behaviour for wildfire suppression response, said BC Wildfire.
There are no crews or equipment to redirect to properties in this area. Structure protection has set up equipment on triaged structures and will continue to monitor this equipment when it is safe to do so.
BC Wildfire says choosing to remain in an area that is under an evacuation order puts yourself, your family, and first responders in danger.
“If you’ve been placed under an evacuation order, that means you are advised to leave the area for your own safety and for the health and safety of firefighters,” said BC Wildfire.
“People who remain in an area that’s under an evacuation order may impede the ability of fire crews to fight a wildfire, because crews may be forced to stop fighting the fire to keep you out of harm’s way.”
The latest perimeter map for Sparks Lake wildfire is available here.
Evacuation orders for 296 properties remain in place. Contact the Thompson- Nicola Regional District /250-377-7188 for more information.
The Chief and Council of the Skeetchestn Indian Band implemented an evacuation order for their community on July 2.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued evacuation alerts for a total of 394 properties. Contact the Thompson- Nicola Regional District for more information regarding the evacuation order.The BC Wildfire Service has updated the Area Restriction Order in the vicinity of the Sparks Lake wildfire. More information about the updated Area Restriction Order can be found here — Sparks Lake Area Restriction Order Update
The map is available here: Sparks Lake Area Restriction Order.
This fire is suspected to be human-caused but is still under investigation.
This fire is now estimated at 10,250 hectares, up from 8,242 hectares on Friday, and is burning about 1.5 kilometres east of Skaha Lake.
It is classified as out of control.
Volatile fire behaviour and growth continue to be observed along the north flank in the Derenzy and McLean Clan Lake area.
The new size estimate reflects the growth observed in these areas. This growth did not impact the control objectives set out for this flank of the fire.
For Saturday, the weather will be mainly sunny with smoke and a slight risk of thunderstorms in the afternoon and temperatures peaking in the high to mid-thirties.
A risk of subtropical moisture may bring high-based thunderstorms with dry lightning and gusty winds.
As temperatures peak in the afternoon fire suppression efforts will be challenged, particularly on the north flank of the fire.
The most up-to-date fire perimeter for the Thomas Creek wildfire can be found here: July 27, 2021
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has issued an evacuation alert for 724 properties and an evacuation order for eight properties in Electoral Area D. Please contact the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for more information.
Three Valley Lake
This new wildfire of note is burning 18.5 kilometres southwest of Revelstoke.
It is estimated at 309 hectares and out of control. Its cause is under investigation.
Crews are currently unable to obtain an update in size for this fire due to the conditions.
An evacuation order has been issued by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District for Three Valley Lake including the area bordering the north side of the Trans-Canada Highway.
An evacuation alert has been issued by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District for two properties west of the Trans-Canada highway. Please contact the CSRD for more information.
This out-of-control fire is burning approximately 8.5 kilometres southeast of Ashcroft and is listed at 19,990 hectares.
It was discovered on Monday, July 12, and is classified as out of control.
The fire exhibited extremely vigorous fire behaviour on Friday afternoon, and, in the evening, it progressed northeast to the Guichon Creek FSR at the western edge of Tunkwa Provincial Park.
The fire is currently 18 kilometres northwest of Logan Lake and is moving in a northeast direction at a moderate pace.
BC Wildfire says the District of Logan Lake is currently not at imminent threat, but it is recommending an evacuation alert.
Based on current fire behaviour, BC Wildfire has also recommended expanded evacuation orders and alerts to the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, including Tunkwa Provincial Park.
BC Wildfire says the fire continues to be extremely active on the south flank and will most likely continue to increase in size moderately along this flank.
The northern flank of the fire from Barnes Lake to Walhachin has very minimal to no observed fire activity.
Along the south and east flanks, crews are conducting hand ignitions to bring the fire down to an existing guard, which should reduce the chance of spotting over the guards.
Along the west, in the Barnes Lake area, mop up and patrol is occurring.
The Ashcroft Indian Band and the Village of Ashcroft have issued evacuation alerts as a precautionary measure.
The Oregon Jack Creek Indian Band has issued an evacuation order.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued evacuation orders and alerts for properties in Electoral Area I Blue Sky Country and properties near Tunkwa Lake Electoral Area J (Copper Desert Country).
An evacuation order has been downgraded to an evacuation alert for 60 properties in Walhachin. For more information visit the TNRD website.
This wildfire is now part of the Lytton Creek complex fires.
Two Mile Road
This wildfire of note is located two kilometres south of Sicamous and is an estimated 1,000 hectares in size. It is currently out of control.
Due to heavy smoke in the area crews are unable to obtain an update in size.
An evacuation order has been issued by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District for all residences within the District of Sicamous that lie to the south of Sherlock Rd., southeast of Cook Ave., Gillis Ave., Larch Ave., east of the Sicamous Narrows, and Mara Lake, and north of Sicamous Creek.
An evacuation alert has been issued by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District for the areas of the District of Sicamous and Swansea Point. Please contact the CSRD for more information.
A tactical evacuation occurred on July 20 for homes nearest to the fire.
White Rock Lake
This fire is now estimated at 24,000 hectares, up from 20,891 hectares on Friday, and is burning not far from the small Highway 97 community of Westwold.
The nearest edge of the fire is around 7 kilometres southwest of Westwold.
For Saturday, high temperatures and dry conditions will continue to bring elevated fire behaviour. Further, isolated showers with a slight risk of thunderstorms this afternoon may bring variable wind shifts and further hamper suppression efforts.
Fire growth is expected to continue in the east and northeast. Crews are continuing to work towards safe, achievable operational objectives under extremely adverse conditions.
The fire is being managed by a BC Wildfire Service incident management team as part of the Okanagan Complex. Aircraft and other resources may be reallocated from day to day within the complex as priorities shift.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has implemented an evacuation order for 85 properties and has issued an evacuation alert for an additional 576 properties. Please contact Thompson- Nicola Regional District at 250-377-7188 for more information.
The Columbia-Shuswap Regional District has implemented an evacuation order for 10 properties.
On July 27, the CSRD expanded an evacuation alert that was issued on July 26, to include the southwest corner of CSRD Electoral Area D, including the communities of Falkland and Sweetsbridge, and all properties along Chase-Falkland Road to Joyce Lake. Please contact Columbia-Shuswap Regional District at 250-833-3350 for more information.
On July 27, the Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) has implemented an evacuation order for approximately 20 properties, including seasonal dwellings.
In addition, the RDNO has issued an evacuation alert for Electoral Area B: east of Thompson Nicola Regional District and Columbia Shuswap Regional District, north of Central Okanagan Regional District, west of Okanagan Indian Band Territory IR#1, and south of Columbia-Shuswap Regional District. Please contact the Regional District of North Okanagan at 250-550-3700 for more information.
On July 30, the Regional District of Central Okanagan issued an evacuation alert for properties in the Beau Park Road, Gates Road, Bouleau Lake Road and Whiteman Creek Road areas. Please contact the Regional District of Central Okanagan at 250-469-8490 or 1-877-569-8490 for more information.
Cariboo Fire Centre
Big Stick Lake
This 7,020-hectare fire was first discovered on July 2 and is burning north of Big Stick Lake, about 60 kilometres south of Anahim Lake.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Due to warmer weather, there was heightened activity on the fire on Friday, but no new growth was seen.
Crews are working on mop-up operations and working with heavy equipment along the southwest flank. Crews also completed a final section of planned hand ignitions and put in a wet line on the southeast flank.
The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) has downgraded the existing evacuation order to an evacuation alert.
Please contact the Cariboo Regional District/1-866-759-4977 for more information regarding the evacuation orders and alerts.
This lightning-caused, 454-hectare wildfire is burning north of Chasm Park and south of 70 Mile.
It is now classified as under control.
The fire has a fuel-free guard and hose lay around the entire fire. Crews are continuing to patrol the fire to ensure there are no hot spots.
CN Rail has reopened the railway track. Fences in the area are being assessed by Range Officers.
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for Electoral Area E (Bonaparte Plateau) for 199 properties. To view the evacuation alert and Map, go here.
This wildfire is estimated at 45,526 hectares and is burning 27 kilometres southwest of 100 Mile and west of Flat Lake.
On Friday, it was estimated at 39,584 hectares.
This fire remains active, and, with the higher temperatures, it is expected that fire behaviour will increase over the next few days.
Highway 97 is open. Watch for speed reduction due to crews working. For the most up-to-date information on if Highway 97 is open, please check Drive BC.
On the east side, Crews continue to make progress on securing control lines. They have also continued to target hot spots found by an aerial scan that pop up within the guard and any small spots that pop up outside the guard as temperatures increase.
On the west side, heavy equipment has completed a guard system on this west side of the fire along the Gustafsen Nielson road. Crews will continue to secure this side of the fire.
On the south side, personnel are assessing fire growth and adjusting control lines to continue completing a machine guard.
On the north side, a machine guard is complete and planning for potential ignition operations in a portion of the northwest corner is underway.
Structural protection specialists continue to support the residences and properties on the west side of Highway 97 and will be assessing residences in the area south of the fire in the vicinity of Meadow Lake.
The fire continues to be monitored by crews overnight.
On July 30, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District upgraded the evacuation alert to an order for the Meadow Lake area of Electoral Area E (Bonaparte Plateau). This upgrade is unrelated to planned ignitions and is precautionary in anticipation of winds and increasing temperatures moving into the weekend.
An expansion of the evacuation alert for Electoral Area E (Bonaparte Plateau) was issued by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District on the evening of July 28. The existing evacuation order and alerts issued by the Thompson-Nicola Regional District remain in place. Please contact the Thompson-Nicola Regional District for more information.
The evacuation order and alert issued by the Cariboo Regional District remain in place with the exception of Flat Lake to Green Lake North. The evacuation order has been partially rescinded in the vicinity of Flat Lake to Green Lake North and an evacuation alert remains in place for this area. Please contact the Cariboo Regional District for more information.
The District of 100 Mile House has also issued an evacuation alert. Please contact the District of 100 Mile House for more information.
At this time, the BC Wildfire Service has not made recommendations for the evacuation alert for 100 Mile House to be upgraded to an evacuation order.
This 1,835-hectare fire was discovered Tuesday, July 13, and is burning 85 kilometres east of Williams Lake.
Due to warmer weather, there was increased fire activity, but no new growth was reported.
Crews are continuing to patrol along the east and west flanks. The north flank continues to be a challenge for crews as they cut trail and wrap it in hose lay in very steep terrain.
An evacuation alert has been issued by the Cariboo Regional District for the Crooked Lake area.
This 8,100-hectare fire is burning south of Batnuni Lake and east of Purdy Lake.
It is now classified as being held.
Crews are working to secure the entire perimeter of the fire and patrol for hotspots along the north and northeast sides of the fire.
Heavy equipment has completed all its work, but will be on standby in case activity picks up.
Crews will continue to work on actioning hotspots in the southwest section of the fire, where access has been a challenge.
South of Canim Lake
This lightning-caused fire is burning in the hills above the southern tip of Canim Lake.
It was discovered on June 30 and is estimated at 2,673 hectares.
The north and west side of the fire is contained and continues to be monitored. Crews are continuing to patrol these areas.
On the south side of the fire heavy equipment has established a contingency guard and crews continue to work directly on the fire perimeter with hose systems and water.
They will be working to open up old block roads for additional access. Over the last two days (July 29-30), the south side of the fire saw increased fire behaviour within control lines.
Increased activity within the fire perimeter is expected as temperatures increase into the weekend.
Crews will continue the fuel-free guard and begin blacklining to secure the fuel-free working south to Drewry Lake.
The evacuation order issued by the Cariboo Regional District for the south side of Canim Lake has been rescinded and an evacuation alert remains in place. The north side of Canim Lake remains on evacuation alert.
Please contact the Cariboo Regional District for more information.
This fire is now estimated at 6,937 hectares, up from 4,937 hectares on Friday, and is burning 35 kilometres southeast of 70 Mile House.
Planned aerial ignitions on Friday evening were a success, and a crew remained onsite overnight to ensure the fire did not cross the containment line.
Heavy equipment arrived on-site at 4 a.m., to start working to create a fuel-free guard.
For Saturday, crews will be working to secure the east flank, where the planned ignition took place. To secure the flank, crews will be mopping up and actioning any hot spots that are found near the containment line.
On July 21, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District expanded an evacuation order to cover a total of 103 properties. An additional 231 properties in the area remain on evacuation alert.
Please contact the Thompson-Nicola Regional District/250-377-7188 for more information regarding the evacuation orders and alerts.
Southeast Fire Centre
This lightning-caused fire is burning on the east side of Kootenay Lake, around 7.5 kilometres east of Boswell.
It’s estimated to be 2,826 hectares in size and is burning in steep and inoperable terrain since being discovered on July 9.
The fire remains very active and is highly visible from Boswell, Creston and surrounding areas, as well as to those travelling along Hwy 3A.
Heavy smoke is expected to continue with high temperatures and winds from 8-15 km/h.
Saturday’s forecast brings a broadening but low risk of thunderstorms accompanied by dry lightning. If the smoke clears, temperatures could push into the high 30s.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has implemented an evacuation alert for the communities of Boswell, Destiny Bay, and Sanca.
Also, an area restriction order is in effect for the Akokli and Redding Creek areas.
Bill Nye Mountain
This wildfire, believed to be lightning-caused, is burning around seven kilometres southeast of Wasa, which is about a half-hour north of Cranbrook.
It’s estimated to be 2,552 hectares and is burning in steep and inoperable terrain.
Crews continue to be challenged by extreme slopes, poor access and very heavy fuel concentrations.
The Regional District of East Kootenay has implemented an evacuation order and an evacuation alert in the vicinity of the fire.
For all inquiries on evacuation alerts attached to this incident, visit the Regional District of East Kootenay website for details.
This 8,202-hectare fire is burning 21 kilometres south of Edgewood. It was previously estimated at 7,856 hectares on Friday.
Smoke along with hot and dry conditions persist throughout the Southeast Fire Centre with temperatures in the high 30s, potentially pushing past 40C in some areas.
Winds are expected to be generally light, but Saturday afternoon brings the chance of dry lightning accompanied by wind gusts.
The risk of thunderstorms and lightning continues overnight into Sunday.
A slight increase in wind and potential change in direction is anticipated. This will result in an increase in fire behaviour, especially at higher elevations.
Burnable vegetation and fine fuels are still very receptive to ignition.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has downgraded the evacuation order in the vicinity of the Michaud Creek wildfire to an evacuation alert. This reduction to an alert means residents can return to their properties, but must be prepared to leave on short notice should conditions change.
For all inquiries on evacuation alerts and orders attached to this incident, visit the Regional District of Central Kootenay website for details.
This 103-hectare fire is burning about 25 kilometres southwest of Invermere
Saturday’s forecast features a broadening but ow, risk of thunderstorms accompanied by dry lightning.
If the smoke clears, temperatures could push into the high 30s.
This fire is burning around nine kilometres southeast of Edgewood, on the west side of Lower Arrow Lake.
Burning in steep and inoperable terrain, it is estimated to be 18,083 hectares, up from 17,520 hectares on Thursday.
For Saturday, temperatures will be well above seasonal norms, with low to very low humidity and generally light winds.
Areas with thicker smoke will see slightly elevated humidity and cooler temperatures as the smoke cover the wildfire, giving us low to moderate fire behaviour.
Areas with less smoke will see higher temperatures, lower humidity and gustier winds, which would increase the fire behaviour.
Local topography may cause some areas of the wildfire to experience greater fire behaviour, which could cause the wildfire to grow.
On July 20, the Regional District of Central Kootenay has upgraded its evacuation alert for the community of Fauquier into an evacuation order. A list of associated addresses and all evacuation details.
For all inquiries on evacuation alerts and orders attached to this incident, visit the Regional District of Central Kootenay for details.
This wildfire of note is burning 7.5 kilometres northeast of Winlaw and is estimated to be 3,786 hectares in size.
Weather is expected to remain smoky, and Saturday’s forecast features a broadening but low risk of thunderstorms accompanied by dry lightning.
If the smoke clears, temperatures could push into the high 30s.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has implemented an evacuation order for 177 residences in the area from 8210 Highway 6, below Ringrose Creek, south to Christian Creek in the Slocan Valley in Electoral Area H.
The RDCK has also issued an evacuation alert in Lemon Creek and Appledale communities for properties in Electoral Area H from Fern Road north to Ringrose Creek.
More information is available at the rdck.ca website.
Prince George Fire Centre
This wildfire, two kilometres north of Big Bend Arm, and around 135 km southwest of Prince George is now estimated to be 23,310 hectares in size.
It is classified as being held, and crews working to find and extinguish hotpots and establish a control line using direct attack.
Cews are continuing to patrol the north side of the fire to identify and extinguish hot spots. Crews on the south and east are continuing with mop-up operations, establishing a 50-foot wet line (hosed area).
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, Saik’uz First Nation, and BC Parks have rescinded an evacuation order effective July 20, at 3 p.m., and have replaced it with an evacuation alert.
An expanded evacuation alert issued by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako remains in place. It replaces the previous alert, issued July 9.
The B.C. Wildfire Service has implemented an area restriction order, which will remain in effect until Sept. 30, or until the order is rescinded.
This fire is believed to have been caused by lightning.
This 8,700-hectare fire is burning in the Ingenika River valley below Forres Mountain, around 250 kilometres northwest of Mackenzie.
It was discovered on July 4 and is believed to have been caused by lightning.
The Forres Mountain wildfire is considered a modified response fire, meaning crews will continue to monitor and will respond if necessary to protect values in the area.
Earlier this week, on Wednesday, BC Wildfire Service rescinded a previous area restriction order.
The 4,891-hectare fire is burning at Grizzly Lake, around 73 kilometres southwest of Prince George.
It is now classified as being held.
Guards have been constructed around 100 per cent of this wildfire.
An area restriction order has been issued for the vicinity of the Grizzly Lake wildfire, and it will remain in place until Sept. 30, or until it is rescinded.
All evacuation orders and alerts have been rescinded.
This wildfire is located around 90 kilometres northwest of Mackenzie and is estimated to be 13,659 hectares in size.
It’s classified as being held and is believed to have been caused by lightning.
On July 22, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and Takla Nation rescinded an evacuation order for the vicinity of Mount Porter and replaced it with an expanded evacuation alert.
For more information and a map of the area, visit the regional district website.
The Tentfire Creek wildfire, formally the Murray Forest Service Road fire, is burning in steep terrain north of the Murray River and south of Tumbler Ridge.
Estimated at 2,400 hectares, the fire was discovered on July 1 and is believed to have been caused by lightning.
It is currently classified as out of control.
Planned ignitions are being carried out on the eastern side of the fire, with the target area being approximately 650 hectares, spanning a length of 4 kilometres.
BC Wildfire Service said it would be working with the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department and local RCMP to ensure minimal impact on the community.
No roadways are impacted at this time; however, the RCMP is on-site to restrict access on Mast Road as required.
Northwest Fire Centre
Chief Louie Lake
This wildfire of note is burning 20 kilometres south of Ootsa Lake, around 84 kilometres southwest of Burns Lake.
It is an estimated 18,338 hectares in size and is out of control.
The wildfire is burning in a remote area in the traditional territory of the Cheslatta Carrier Nation.
Cooler weather and precipitation in recent days have resulted in a downturn in fire activity. In most areas, fire behaviour is minimal.
Crews continue to search and extinguish hot spots based on thermal scan results on northern and eastern flanks and to continue to monitor the fire as weather conditions change.