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Forest fire burns near Prince George…

Prince George, BC: Update 2: The Bobtail Lake fire has now grown to an estimated 3,500 hectares…

Details by the Wildfire Management Team:

Hot, dry and windy conditions continue to challenge wildfire personnel working the Little Bobtail wildfire 2.5 kilometres south of Norman Lake, and 50 kilometres southwest of Prince George.

After working through the night, firefighters are continuing to establish guard around the south side of the fire’s perimeter with the help of heavy equipment. Four helicopters are on site today, providing bucketing support for ground crews. Structural Protection Units have also been deployed.

5112015-13759_G10037 150510 1837A 52Over 100 additional staff including sustained action crews, a specialized Incident Management Team, and other support staff are currently en route.

Smoke from this fire is visible from Highway 16 and surrounding communities, including Prince George, Quesnel and Williams Lake. 

An Evacuation Order remains in place for areas near Little Bobtail Lake and Naltesby Lake by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and an alert is in place for areas north and west of Little Bobtail Lake and Naltesby Lake. 

NEW An Evacuation Order remains in effect for areas around Norman Lake and Dahl Lake Road by the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. An alert is in place for Bednesti Lake and Berman Lake area. 

Further information regarding these Evacuation Alerts and Orders can be obtained from Emergency Info B.C. at: http://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca

Updated at 8:03 pm on May 11.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 at 6:23 am

Update: ​The Little Bobtail Lake fire has substantially increased in size on Sunday growing from 20 hectares on Saturday evening to 2,500 hectares currently…
  • Evacuation Order in Effect, affecting around 80 residents in the area. The evacuation order has been expanded. All the details on what residents need to do are listed on the Regional District website.
  • This fire is now an Interface Fire meaning structures are in danger.
  • The Evacuation Order is in effect from the intersection of the Bobtail Forest Service Road and the Blackwater Road, south to the Bobtail Connector Forest Service Road, including all lands east of the Bobtail Forest Service Road and the Bobtail Connector Forest Service Road to the eastern boundary of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Electoral Area ‘F’ (Vanderhoof Rural), including the Little Bobtail Lake, Naltesby Lake, and Eulatazella Lake.
  • Click here to view a map of the area from the Regional District.

​​Edited in at 6:24 am on May 11.

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The fire, now located 3 km south of Norman Lake, got some extra man power as stated Saturday. Six more fire crews arrived on scene along with an extra helicopter bringing the total to two, while a few air tankers provided additional air support throughout the day on Sunday. Five pieces of heavy equipment are also in place.

An Incident Management Team has been requested along with further resources to fight this fire and it remains 0 per cent contained and guarded.

For those travelling along Highway 16 West, heavy smoke can be seen but it isn’t affecting traffic in the area.

The warm, dry weather in the Prince George area is not helping. Sunny conditions are expected to continue until late this week and maybe longer. Temperatures will not be extreme but with no rain in the future forecasts, it is no doubt the forests have begun to dry out.

On Sunday, the Prince George Airport recorded a temperature of 25 degrees, 8 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year. Now Prince George isn’t the only community basking in the warmer weather. The Peace Region saw highs between 22 and 24 today, where normals should be around 15 degrees in Fort St. John.

Please use extreme caution if you plan to use the backcountry this week and of course into the long weekend.. we expect some type of caution to come out before the weekend.

New photos have been posted and member submitted from our Facebook Page. See below the original story for more. When more pictures come in, we’ll add them!

Updated Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 8:30 pm by Shane Chevalier.

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Original Story

It appears the Prince George Fire Centre has its first major fire of the 2015 season as a forest fire is currently burning west of Prince George…

The 20 hectare blaze 10 km south of Norman Lake labeled the “Little Bobtail Lake Fire”, is located off Highway 16 West. Currently there are 20 firefighters, 4 heavy equipment and a helicopter fighting the blaze with more fire crews to arrive on Sunday. 

Some residents have said this is a controlled burn, however, controlled burns do not show up on the Wildfire Management website as such. This is not an interface fire, meaning no structures are in danger at this time. An Incident Commander is on scene.

The current fire status is 0% containment. The cause is unknown at this time.

Expect more smoke to move in from this fire over the next few days.

​When updates become available, we’ll update.

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