Hot weather and strong winds have fanned a wildfire at Williston Lake to 150 hectares this week, according to the BC Wildfire Service.
The Folded Hill Creek wildfire east of Nabesche River is in a remote area of the lake, officials say, and still being monitored.
The fire started July 26 and was previously being held at an estimated 30 hectares. It's believed to have been caused by lightning.
“Officers have identified decisions points where if the fire reaches those points, a response plan will be considered,” said fire information officer Alex Lane in an update on Thursday.
“Wildfire is a natural component of B.C.’s ecosystems, so when a wildfire is burning away from people, property, environmental values or resource values, it can actually be more beneficial than harmful in the long term.”
Near Chetwynd, a wildfire at Hasler Flat has grown to an estimated 104 hectares in size.
Lane said there are two initial attack crews, two parattack crews, and officers on site today, with a unit crew expected to arrive on site this morning. Crews are being supported by five helicopters, and Lane says air tankers actioned the fire on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“However, the fuel type has rendered fire retardant ineffective at this point,” she said.
“Crews are encountering increased fire behaviour due to the large availability of dry fuels, steep terrain, and wind influence,” said Lane. “These factors combined with hot and dry conditions are contributing to the observed increase in fire size.”
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