Wildfires have prompted several Evacuation Alerts across the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.

A Naltesby Lake Evacuation Alert has been issued this evening for the south end of the lake. It also includes west to Bobtail Forest Service Road, to 5 km east of Little Bobtail Lake and Naltesby Lake.

See map for details:

Alert Map Nastelby Lake (Bobtail Lake)_final (1)

There’s also an alert in effect north of Fort Fraser east of the Sutherland Forest Service Road, to 2 km east of Highway 27, north of the Nechako River to Dog Creek Trail.
That fire is reported to be about 80 hectares.

See map for details:

Alert Map Fraser Lake Fort Fraser 1930 Final

Chair of the regional district Bill Miller estimates over 85 people are affected by all of the alerts.

“It’s all weather dependent. This one north of Fraser Lake today kicked up because of the high winds,” says Miller.

He says the alerts are a heads up that an evacuation order could happen if the situation worsens.

An Evacuation Alert has also been issued for Tatuk Lake and Finger Lake south of Vanderhoof.

“The Evacuation Alert is issued to persons residing or present in the area from the south of Bobtail Connector Forest Service Road, from Long Lake Forest Service Road, to Tatuk Lake Forest Service Road, and South to the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Boundary.”

The BC Wildfire Service says the lightning-caused fire had grown to 200 hectares earlier today just west of Finger Tatuk Provincial Park in Big Bend Creek.

Miller says BC Parks is making sure people there are aware.

“We’re not really sure how many tourists are in there. But there’s two lodges in there and some campsites, some unmanned campsites…and there’s a provincial rec-site in there, too,” says Miller.

For general information on the evacuation alert, you can call the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako at 250-692-3195 or Emergency Management BC 1-800-663-3456 after hours.