Fire season ramps up as hot weather continues

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

As fire crews work on containing one large wildfire in the province, more are springing up.

Fire officer Navi Saini says a 2000 hectare blaze west of Quesnel is the newest concern.

The rapidly growing fire has led to the evacuation of nearly 70 people at the Euchiniko Lake Ranch Lodge.

“We have a type one incident management team that will be deployed to the fire today as well as over 120 fire fighters, six helicopters and eight bulldozers on site.”

Saini says the biggest blaze in th eprovince still remains the one near Tumbler Ridge.

It’s now mapped at 3,852 hectares with 30% of the blaze considered contained.

While the overall size of the Red Deer Creek fire has diminished slightly still oil and gas camps in the area remain evacuated.

She says it’s not just the flames causing problems.

“We do know that these fires have been generating a lot of smoke in surrounding areas and we have had lots of reports of smoke and hazy skies”

She says there are four other fires in BC considered the most concerning that crews are also working on.

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