New wildfire in B.C.’s central Interior sparks evacuation order in parts of Cariboo
A new out-of-control wildfire in B.C.’s Interior has sparked a mandatory evacuation order.
The Cariboo Regional District says the Tzenzaicut Lake wildfire discovered on Saturday has become enough of a threat that an evacuation order has been issued for an area west of Highway 97 between Quesnel and Williams Lake.
A wider zone around the evacuation area – just south of the community of Baker Creek – has been placed on alert.
According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, the Tzenzaicut blaze remains relatively small at about 1 square kilometre but has doubled in size since Saturday evening, and fire crews say the blaze was likely ignited by a lightning strike or other natural means.
Meanwhile, the service says the Pelican Lake wildfire 300 kilometres to the west of Tzenzaicut Lake has grown to a “wildfire of note,” and communities such as Anahim Lake and the Ulkatcho First Nation remain under an alert for possible evacuation.
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