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Cariboo Wildfires Being Actioned By BC Wildfire Service Personnel

BC Wildfire personnel continue to battle the Pelican Lake fire 3 kilometres south west of Ulkatcho and Anahim Lake.

Fire Information Officer Talia McKay said it’s estimated to be 160 hectares in size and currently out of control.

“BC Wildfire Service currently has 44 personnel on site with 3 helicopters and heavy equipment currently on site supporting. Crews continue to do a direct attack with heavy equipment working to construct a guard on the North and the South flank. A structure protection specialist will also be assessing structures in the immediate vicinity.”

Last night (May 19) the Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre issued an evacuation alert for 257 parcels in the Pelican Lake area.

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BC Wildfire is also actioning a fire in the South Cariboo.

“There is a fire located approximately 2.7 kilometres south of Enterprise Road,” McKay said, “it’s currently estimated to be 300 hectares and out of control at this time.” McKay said.

There are air tankers, heavy equipment, BC Wildfire personnel and a Task  Force Team on site.

McKay added that the Air Tankers and heavy equipment are working on fire objectives with no immediate threats at this time.

That fire was discovered last night (Thursday) just after 10.

In the North Cariboo Mckay says there is a fire approximately 10 hectares in size, 1.2 kilometres west of Hyde Creek.

Crews are currently on site establishing a water delivery system to action the fire.

McKay says a helicopter is also on site bucketing water on hot spots and the fire is currently growing due to increase temperatures and wind with more resources being deployed to fight it.

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