A photo captured by a local resident of the forest fire near Tweedsmuir Park and Ootsa Lake. The firefighters are in a modified response stage. The fires has burned approximately 5000 hectares of land already. The Nadina Forest District’s fire danger zone is high to extreme.

Northwest Fire Centre update

The wildfire that is burning approximately seven kilometres south of the Chelaslie River has burned nearly 5000 hectares.

The wildfire that is burning approximately seven kilometres south of the Chelaslie River has burned nearly 5000 hectares.

The fire, discovered July 8, is burning directly North of the Entiako provincial park and protected area near Tweedsmuir Park.

Firefighters are currently in a modified response stage in fighting the blaze, which means that the fire is being closely monitored and allowed to burn only within set policies and management guidelines.

People living in the communities of Burns Lake, the Southside, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof, Houston, Telkwa and Smithers will notice smoke in the air as a result of the fire and any growth in size will increase the amount of smoke seen in the area.

The current fire danger zone in the Nadina Forest District is high to extreme meaning that forest fuels are dry and the risk of a fire is serious.

Firefighters from Ontario have been flown into B.C. to help fight the forest fires around the province.

There are no current bans on open fires or campfires in the Northwest Fire Centre.

The Chelaslie River fire is currently the only fire burning in the Northwest Fire Centre’s district.

The wildfire out near Takysie Lake is out and firefighters are patrolling the area.