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NEWS RELEASE · 16th August 2010
Northwest Fire Centre
The Binta Lake fire, 46 kilometres southeast of Burns Lake, has grown considerably over the last few days, causing fire officials to recommend evacuation orders and alerts.

The Bulkley-Nechako Regional District has issued an evacuation order for residents around Binta Lake, and an evacuation alert for residents in surrounding areas. For more information, contact the Emergency Operations Centre at 250-692-3195 or 250-692-9411.

The fire is now estimated to be 2000 hectares and is producing a large amount of smoke, reducing visibility in the area. Fifty-one firefighters are working with heavy equipment and air support to establish new fire guards. Crews may conduct burn off operations if conditions allow, enabling them to create fuel free areas between the fire and the constructed guards.

Other fires continue to be active through the Northwest Fire Centre, creating smoky conditions throughout the Lakes District and Bulkley Valley.

Aggressive fire behaviour caused the fire north of Poplar Lake to spot over fire guards. It is now estimated at 300 hectares. Twenty-six firefighters are working with heavy equipment to create new containment lines.

The Chisholm Fire, 40 kilometres southwest of Houston, is estimated at 528 hectares. While it has not grown considerably, it is still very active, challenging the forty-three firefighters on site.

The Northwest Fire Centre is advising the public to use caution when travelling through areas in the vicinity of wildfires. While there are no road closures outside of the evacuation order area, the public is advised that there may be reduced visibility and some roads may be subject to closure at a moment’s notice.

Warmer temperatures are expected to last until mid-week throughout the Northwest Fire Centre. Residents may notice an increase of smoke or ash in the air, and may even see columns of smoke.

If you see flames, smoke, or an abandoned campfire, please call *5555 on a cell phone or 1-800-663-5555. For the latest information on fire activity, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at www.bcwildfire.ca. For Facebook and Twitter updates, as well as details about evacuation orders and alerts, road conditions and air quality advisories, go to www.firesafebc.ca.