Out-of-control wildfires in northeastern B.C. expected to worsen due to strong winds

By The Canadian Press and Emily Marsten

The two out-of-control wildfires in northeastern British Columbia that have already forced some residents leave their homes are expected to grow bigger in the next few days.

The Peace River Regional District says in a statement that strong winds are “expected to contribute to the continued growth” of both the Boundary Lake and Red Creek wildfires, located about 1,300 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, for the next 24 to 48 hours.

District board chair Leonard Hiebert says in a statement that the wildfires are “aggressive” in their spread since their discoveries on Friday, and the safety risk is significant enough that all residents of areas covered by evacuation orders should leave immediately.

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The regional district’s area that covers both Boundary Lake and Red Creek has declared a state of local emergency to allow it to respond quicker to the wildfires.

The Boundary Lake wildfire covers 1,900 hectares near Goodlow, B.C., while the Red Creek blaze encompasses 1,550 hectares about 20 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John, B.C.

Teare Creek evacuation alerts rescinded

Meanwhile, evacuation orders and alerts due to the Teare Creek wildfire, which is burning about 700 kilometres to the south at Teare Creek, have been rescinded, according to a tweet from Emergency Info BC.

“The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George and the Villiage of McBride advise that all evacuation orders and alerts pertaining to the Teare Creek Wildfire east of McBride have been rescinded and are no longer in effect,” the tweet reads.

“BC Wildfire Service advises that their crews continue to conduct mop up operations as well as Danger Tree Assessing and Falling in active wildfire area and reminds the public that the Teare Creek wildfire is still an active wildfire.”

On its website, the BC Wildfire Service says the wildfire is now “being held.”

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