The Euchiniko Lakes wildfire, located approximately 125 kilometres west of Quesnel is now estimated at 1,600 hectares in size. Hot, dry conditions, low relative humidity and strong winds in the area have challenged fire suppression efforts.
The lightning-caused fire was discovered on July 8, 2014, and has grown significantly since then. Forty-one firefighters, supported by helicopters and eight pieces of heavy equipment continued to build guard around the fire today. The fire is currently burning Rank 3 (moderately vigorous surface fire) and more growth is expected.
As recommended by the Wildfire Management Branch, the Cariboo Regional District has issued an evacuation order for a fishing lodge in the area. This order affects two people. For more information regarding emergency operations, area residents may visit the Cariboo Regional District’s website at: www.cariboord.ca
In addition, an evacuation order was also recommended for the Kluskus Indian Reserve. The Band Council has agreed to this recommendation and has put the order in to effect. The Reserve itself is not currently threatened by the fire, but it is possible that road access will be compromised. This order will affect a total of 66 people. Support services have been set up in Quesnel to assist those who have been displaced.
This wildfire serves as a reminder to the public to be extra vigilant during this period of “high” to “extreme” fire danger rating. Please report all wildfires at *5555 on your cellular phone or toll-free at 1 800 663 -5555.
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Fire Information Officer
Wildfire Management Branch
Prince George Fire Centre