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UPDATE: Evacuation alert for Battleship, Carbon Lake areas

Two provincial wildfires of note currently being fought near Hudson's Hope.

Update, 6:35 p.m.

An evacuation alert has been issued for the Battleship Mountain and Carbon Lake areas due to a wildfire.

The Peace River Regional District says the alert includes the following areas:

  • North shore of Williston Lake
  • Table Creek south to Dowling Creek (8km west of the WAC Bennett Dam, 40km Johnson FSR)
  • Southwest following Dowling Creek to the intersection of McAllister Creek
  • West to approximately 10km West of Peck Creek
  • North to Williston Lake

BC Wildfire says the Battleship Mountain wildfire is being pushed east by high winds, and "exhibiting moderate to extreme fire behaviour and additional growth is expected."

The fire is currently an estimated 550 hectares and 45 kilometres from Hudson's Hope.

The wildfire service says nine firefighters are establishing structure protection for "the limited number of structures in the area."

More resources including an incident management team will be responding over the next several days, it says.

Original story:

BC Wildfire crews are stepping up efforts to suppress a fire at Battleship Mountain, west of Hudson’s Hope.

The fire, discovered Tuesday and sparked by lightning, has grown to 550 hectares under hot and windy weather this week.

BC Wildfire says nine firefighters and two helicopters have so far been assigned to the blaze.

The nine parattack personnel are “working to establish structure protection on values in the area,” the wildfire service says.

The two helicopters are currently providing bucket support.

It is one of two provincial wildfires of note currently being fought near Hudson's Hope.

Crews responded earlier Thursday to an emerging out of control wildfire five kilometres southwest of the Hudsons Hope Bridge and Peace Canyon Dam.

The Dinosaur Lake fire is estimated at eight hectares in size, and considered a provincial wildfire of note due to its threats to public safety, officials said in a release Thursday.

The fire, believed to have been caused by lightning, is visible from Highway 29 and the Hudson's Hope community. Officials say there are no values currently at risk.

Nineteen firefighters, one helicopter, and five air tankers are responding, with water skimmers using water from Moberly Lake to help douse the blaze.

The district of Hudson's Hope says there are currently no evacuation alerts or orders in effect for the community.

BC Hydro says it is monitoring all wildfire activity in the vicinity of its infrastructure.

"At this time we don't believe the wildfires in that area, which includes the WAC Bennett and Peace Canyon Dam, pose a threat to our people, facilities, or infrastructure," said northern community relations manager Mike Kellett.

"We are continuing to closely monitor wildfire activity."

The province says there were 182 active forest fires in B.C. of Wednesday, Aug. 31.

That includes a third fire west of Hudson’s Hope at Folded Hill Creek, burning at an estimate 439 hectares.

Fire activity is anticipated to extend into September throughout the province, officials say.

Forests minister Katrine Conroy says the province is "experiencing one of the lowest human-caused wildfire seasons since 1950."

"Together with the BC Wildfire Service, I want to commend the public on their safe fire use and diligence in helping to prevent the spread of fire," Conroy said in a statement.

"We're asking all British Columbians to continue the great work they have been doing this season as we stay vigilant over the Labour Day weekend and for the remainder of the 2022 fire season."

The fire danger throughout much of B.C. Peace region is currently rated high to extreme.

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