Evacuation order issued in B.C.’s Central Interior after new wildfire discovered

Canadian Press in CBC News
May 21, 2023
Category: Forest Fires
Region: Canada, Canada West

A new out-of-control wildfire in British Columbia’s Interior has sparked an evacuation order for a handful of properties near Quesnel, about 600 kilometres north of Vancouver.   The Cariboo Regional District says the Tzenzaicut Lake wildfire, discovered on Saturday, has become enough of a threat that an evacuation order has been issued for an area west of Highway 97.  Gerald Pinchbeck, the information officer for the regional district, told CBC News the order covers three properties in the area.  “If and when the conditions do change, if the fire continues to exhibit aggressive behaviour, we would look at issuing [more] evacuation orders … as necessary,” he said.  …According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, the Tzenzaicut blaze remains relatively small at about one square kilometre but has doubled in size since Saturday evening, and fire crews say the blaze was likely ignited by a lightning strike or other natural means.

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