Wildfires from 2023 prompt evacuation alert in northeast B.C.

A pair of wildfires that were sparked in the summer of 2023 have triggered evacuation alerts and shutdown a highway in northeast B.C.

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is urging people in the Nogah Creek and Patry Creek areas to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice, should the situation worsen.

The Nogah Creek and Patry Creek wildfires are considered out of control. In addition to triggering an alert, the fires have also prompted the closure of Highway 77, which connects B.C. to the Yukon, at the advice of the BC Wildfire Service. An air quality statement has also been issued for parts of northern Alberta due to smoke.

The BC Wildfire Service says the fires were discovered in July of last year, with the Patry Creek fire an estimated 33,425 hectares as of Thursday, May 9.

The Nogah Creek fire, meanwhile, is an estimated 74,685 hectares, as of Friday.

Both fires were believed to have been caused by lightning, the BC Wildfire Service says.

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