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Smoke visible near Atlin due to forest fire…

SMITHERS, BC: Strong winds in the Cassiar Fire Zone overnight have caused a fire, located approximately 41 kilometers west of Atlin on the west side of Tagish Lake, to spread close to four kilometers. Fire R90881 – SW Tagish Lake is now approximately 1,400 hectares. Smoke is highly visible in the area and to nearby communities.

Due to winds, the fire is now spotting within 300 meters of the closest cabin. Four BC Wildfire Service firefighters are assisting homeowners to engage the structure protection units on site. Northwest Fire Centre Wildfire Officers had installed the structure protection units on this cabin, as well as on another cabin in the area, just over a month ago.

Fifty kilometer per hour winds fueled the fire overnight, causing the fire to grow almost 1,200 hectares. The fire is burning in very steep and inaccessible terrain. For the safety of firefighters, this is a monitor only fire. Wildfire Officers will be flying over the fire and developing a response plan for other structures in the area.

Due to ash falling in the area, a mining camp on the opposite side of the lake has self-evacuated. This was not under the direction of the BC Wildfire Service. This camp will also be assessed for structure protection.

Hot and dry conditions are expected to persist for the next few days in the region. There is a 30 percent chance of lighting expected for today and tomorrow in the Cassiar Fire Zone, with wind gusting up to 35 kilometers per hour.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, please call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.

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