Sarrah Storey, who is the Fraser Lake Mayor was driving back from a certain soccer tournament which took place out of town, when she saw the skyline transformed by a wildfire from a mountain on the edge of her community.
The blaze came from four hectares to 260 hectares on that night, which led to a local state of emergency and even many evacuations for that certain area – 140 km west of Prince George.
She stated in an interview on Sunday that she drove into a huge and smoky cloud, and that she could see the flames.
The state of emergency was issued by The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako on Saturday night, which ordered people to leave the area and go to a new community from Lejac, which is 5 km east of Fraser Lake.
The district chairman, whose name is Gerry Thiessen, has stated that the evacuation area only affects about half a dozen of the permanent homes. An evacuation alert means that 40 others nearby will have to be ready to leave their homes any moment if an alert happens.
Beginning with Sunday afternoon, the BC Wildfire Service said that the fire was considered to be 70% guarded, however, 0% contained.
How serious is this?
There were about 30 firefighters, three helicopters and 15 pieces of equipment that had solved the issue to 236 hectares. Half of the territory is under the high fire danger, which means that the forest fuels are dry and the risk of the fire is very serious right now. The wildfire services are also still battling 9 hectares of fire, northwest of Charlie Lake, and another territory east of Kamloops.
We still do not know the real cause of the fires, but they think that, with no recent lightning in the area, it probably happened because of a human.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.