Crews are making progress on two wildfires within the Cariboo Fire Centre-both of which have been human caused.
Fire Information Officer, Emily Epp says the one wildfire is about 3 kilometers south of Nazko.
“That wildfire was been determined to be caused as a result of industrial activity and strong winds contributed to it’s spread.”
“The other wildfire that’s burning about 15 kilometers southeast of 70 Mile House is also suspected to be human caused.”
Epp says the fire near Nazko is about 60% contained and that there are 65 firefighters on scene today.
Thirty-four firefighters are currently working on the wildfire near 70 Mile House meanwhile, which spread into nearby timber and is now estimated to cover 26 hectares.
“Originally the fire was estimated at 20 hectares in size. Then when we had crews on the scene they estimated it 4 hectares, however late Monday evening it spread into some nearby timber so now we’re estimating it to be about 26 hectares in size,” says Epp adding that crews have control lines around 75% of the fire.
The Cariboo Fire Centre has responded to 24 wildfires since April 1st all of which have been human-caused and three were specifically due to illegal open burning.
The BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that Category 2 and 3 open fires have been prohibited since April 4, 2016 throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre. This means that all open burning other than campfires is prohibited.
(with files from Pat Matthews)