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Wildfires continue to burn throughout the Cariboo region

BC Wildfire firefighters are currently fighting 14 wildfires in the region, but have made progress on some of the bigger ones.

One of the bigger ones reported yesterday in the South Cariboo, which was at an estimated 300 hectares in size, has nearly been reduced by 100 hectares.

“The Emerald Lake wildfire is currently estimated to be 230 hectares in size, we do have an Incident Management Team that will be taking over the incident.” says Jessica Mack, Fire Information Officer.

“They are arriving in the Centre today, and will work to transition with that team.”

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Currently, that fire has heavy equipment working to establish control lines, with ground crews focusing on anchoring on the west flank to establish a wet line, and helicopters are supporting to cool hot spots.

The second large fire, 3 kilometres south west of Ulkatcho and Anahim Lake, has also seen its size go down, however is now classified as a wildfire of note.

Mack says the Pelican Lake wildfire has a size of 146 hectares, compared to yesterday’s 160, with ground crews, heavy equipment and aircraft supporting the incident.

The evacuation alert that was released by the Cariboo Regional District at the Emergency Operations Centre is still ongoing.

Two other wildfires she mentioned was the one 1.2 kilometres west of Heyde Creek, which is currently at 56 hectares, and a wildfire 1.6 km south east of Towkuh Creek, which is estimated to be 37 hectares.

Mack further added that anyone starting a campfire must have it not exceed 0.5 metres high and wide, with water on hand and a fire guard put in place.

For more information on wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre region, you can visit BC Wildfire Services website here.

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