Firefighter pilot Fred Hardenberg snapped this photo of the Hudson Hope fire in Northern B.C. Fred Hardenberg/B.C. Wildfires
An evacuation order has been issued for the small community of Hudson's Hope, population 1,100, and the surrounding area, west of Fort St. John in B.C.'s Peace River District, due to the Mount McAllister fire.
Residents are being advised to make the 80 km trip to Fort St. John, where they are being told they will be put up at the North Peace Arena.
The district has also declared a local state of emergency.
The fire,which is burning out of control l00 kilometres southwest of Fort St. John and 56 kilometres west of Chetwynd, is believed to have been sparked by lightning.
It has doubled in size to 20,000 hectares.
Twelve significant wildfires currently burning in B.C. have also prompted another new evacuation alert while a number of evacuation orders also remain in place.
Apex Mountain wildfire
A 60-hectare fire burning in the Apex Mountain area in the Okanagan north of Keremeos, B.C., has led to a new evacuation alert for residents in an area bordered by Apex Mountain Road,, Burlington Ranch and Green Mountain Road.
In response to the high fire risk, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen issued a temporary fire ban, beginning today, applying to all open burning, including campfires and fireworks.
Just outside the Lower Mainland, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District has issued an evacuation alert for residents living near Murray Lake, due to an aggressive forest fire covering 60 hectares.
The fire, which was sparked by lightning, is burning between Hope and Merritt, around 238 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.
Firefighters, airtankers and helicopters have been battling the fire since it was discovered on Monday, but ground crew have now been removed due to safety concerns.
Chelaslie Arm wildfire spreading
Meanwhile, in B.C.'s northwest, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has declared a state of local emergency as a wildfire in Chelaslie Arm grows to 20,000 hectares.
An evacuation order for Tetachuck Lake and Chelaslie River has also been expanded, through Uchu Reach to Intata Reach on Natalkuz Lake to the south side of Chelaslie.
On Monday, BC Parks closed nearby Entiako Provincial Park and issued an evacuation order for all cabin owners and all recreational users within the park.
The Chelaslie Arm wildfire, which is burning some 200 kilometres southwest of Prince George, was discovered last Tuesday and is believed to have been caused by lightning.
Campfire bans for coast and Cariboo
On B.C.'s south coast, the fire risk is high to extreme and a campfire ban has been issued throughout B.C's South Coast and the entire Kamloops Fire Centre, beginning today.
The Cariboo Fire Centre has expanded its campfire ban, also beginning Wednesday, to cover the entire area.
The ban applies to open fires of any size, fires with a burn registration number, industrial burning, fireworks, tiki torches, sky lanterns and burning barrels.
The ban does not apply to stoves or portable campfire apparatus that use gas, propane or briquettes, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.
In the Cariboo Regional District, the Euchiniko Lakes wildfire, also believed to have been sparked by lightning, has grown to cover 2,800 hectares since it was discovered last Tuesday.
As of Tuesday, 120 firefighters were trying to control the blaze, with six helicopters continuing to bucket the fire to support ground crews.
A local state of emergency was declared in the district and an evacuation order issued for the Euchiniko Lakes Ranch on Sunday.
Evacuation ordered in Alberta
Last week, three oil and gas worker camps were evacuated due to concerns over the spreading Red Deer Creek wildfire, which is now estimated to cover 33,400 hectares on Wednesday.
The wildfire is within 10 kilometres of the Alberta border, prompting the Municipal District of Greenview to issue an evacuation order.
According to B.C.'s Wildfire Management Branch, 118 firefighters working around the clock have made great progress on the fire and are continuing to build a fireline.
These are the 12 wildfires listed on the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch's "wildfires of note" list as of Wednesday:
In the Prince George fire centre:
- 22 km Tenakihi.
- Euchiniko Lakes.
- Forres Mountain fire.
- Mount McAllister fire.
- Mugaha fire.
- Red Deer Creek fire.
- Salmon Lake fire.
- Valley south of Morfee Lake.
In the Kamloops fire centre:
- Apex Mountain.
In the Cariboo fire centre:
- Soda Creek.
In the Northwest fire centre:
- Chelaslie Arm.
Dozens of other wildfires are also burning across the province. On Sunday, 21 firefighters from Ontario arrived in Kamloops to help support B.C.'s wildfire fighting efforts.