Below is the latest information on the Purvis Lake Wildfire burning north of Fort St. James.
Purvis Lake (G51634)
Last updated: Tuesday, August 07, 2018 at 11:37 AM
Location: 20km east of Takla Lake
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Discovered: Sunday, July 30, 2017
Size: 1,600.0 hectares (estimated)
The fire is exhibiting aggressive behaviour and is currently threatening the Driftwood FSR and as a result the road is CLOSED effective immediately south of Nation Lakes Park to the intersection of the Leo Creek FSR. The road closure may be in effect for several days.
The BC Wildfire Service is continually assessing the situation and will try to allow intermittent traffic when it is safe to do so.
No structures are immediately threatened at this time. Structure protection units are on scene as a precaution.
Evacuation Order is in effect.
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has issued an Evacuation Order. More information can be found on their website here: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/
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.
• 36 firefighters
• 2 helicopters
• 11 heavy equipment
Crews are building machine guard on the south and west flank, and securing contingency line on the east flank. Structural protection has been set up on properties to the north east of the fire as a precaution, they are not currently threatened at this time.
Yesterday the fire challenged the eastern containment line and was spotting 300 metres ahead of itself. Helicopters were bucketing these spots. Objectives for today are to build machine guard in the southeast corner to prevent further spread.
Crews are also building guard on the north of the fire to tie into the Purvis Lake road. Air tankers and skimmers will be working the fire today.