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The Cariboo fire brigade is fighting the huge forest fires near Quesnel

Vaseline 2 months ago

Firefighters are battling an out-of-control wildfire in B.C. that was believed to be human-caused in the Cariboo.

The Burgess Creek wildfire, south of Quesnel, is 50 hectares in size and is one of the largest in the Cariboo region, according to BC’s Wildfire Service (BCWS).

The fire is sending a large plume of smoke into the sky – visible from Quesnel, Highway 97 and Williams Lake, fire officials say.

BCWS says the wildfire “continues to spread and is not responding to suppression efforts.”

Firefighters are trying to get the fire under control after it was discovered on Saturday.

A total of eight fires have been reported in the Cariboo region, all south of Quesnel, while the other seven are reported as “contained” or “under control.”

Two more wildfires were believed to be human-caused, BCWS said.

The wildfires are in Kamloops, north of Lytton, Skoonka Creek and Botanie Lake.

The Skoonka Creek wildfire, discovered Friday, has been classified by BCWS as out of control and estimated at 30.24 hectares in size.

The forest fire in Botanie Lake discovered on Saturday is under control.