Forest fire estimated at 3,700 hectares burns near Lillooet
UPDATE 10:45 p.m.
The Mckay Creek fire north of Lillooet exploded to 5,000 hectares.
The growth of the blaze, fueled by record temperatures, has been remarkably rapid since its discovery on Tuesday.
The Squamish Lillooet Regional District has issued evacuation orders for a large area stretching from the 14 km mark on West Pavilion Road to the SLRD border with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
Residents are asked to evacuate along West Pavilion Road towards Lillooet.
Pemberton RCMP assist with evacuations.
UPDATE: 8:41 p.m.
As a 3,700 hectare wildfire burns near Lillooet, an evacuation alert for some properties along West Pavilion Road has been issued.
According to the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, the Mckay Creek fire is burning uncontrollably within 10 kilometers of the community of Pavilion Lake.
The evacuation alert was issued at 7 p.m. on Tuesday for properties along West Pavilion Road from the 14 kilometer mark to the 41 kilometer mark.
A map of the areas affected by the evacuation alert is available on the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District website.
“An evacuation alert has been issued to prepare you to evacuate your premises or your property if necessary,” said a statement from the SLRD.
“Residents will be given as early notice as possible prior to evacuation, but you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions. “
The BC Wildfire Service said 46 firefighters and four helicopters are on scene to tackle the blaze, which has grown rapidly due to the hot, dry weather.
Tankers were at the scene earlier Tuesday evening.
The fire was discovered on Tuesday and is believed to be man-made.
ORIGINAL : 19h57
A forest fire of thousands of hectares is burning near Lillooet.
According to the BC Wildfire Service, the Mckay Creek Wildfire is located approximately 23 kilometers north of Lillooet, along West Pavilion Road.
The fire was discovered on Tuesday and is classified as out of control.
The BC Wildfire Service said the blaze is estimated at 3,700 hectares.
“Due to the hot, dry weather, this fire grew quickly after it started,” the forest fire department said in a statement.
“This is an emerging incident and further updates will be provided as they become available. “
On Tuesday evening, 45 people were on hand to fight the blaze, supported by tankers and four helicopters.
The BC Wildfire Service said it recommended an evacuation alert to the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.
The smoke is visible from Lillooet and the surrounding area.