NEWS/ WILDFIRES — There were no major fires in the Kamloops Fire Centre Thursday but firefighters were busy elsewhere in the province.
An area restriction order for areas surrounding the China Nose fire burning about 15 km southeast of Houston was issued effective 6 p.m..
The fire was estimated at 2,900 hectares and was attacked heavily throughout the day by 49 firefighters and seven helicopters. The Northwest Fire Centre said the wildfire will continue to be highly visible in Houston and surrounding areas.
The fire danger rating in the fire centre is “high” to “extreme,” with hot and dry weather expected to continue in that region.
The restriction order means anyone wishing to access the area must first receive written authorization. Residents not under evacuation order are being allowed to travel to and from their homes. The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has also issued an evacuation order and evacuation alert for areas near the fire.
B.C. Parks has also closed Old Man Lake Provincial Park.
A fire 14 km. west of Bull Canyon on the north side of the Bella Coola highway hit 880 acres by noon Thursday and was continuing to challenge firefighters. Nine homes have been evacuated and Highway 20 remained closed in both directions 24 km. west of Alexis Creek. A 12.8 km. detour was being used.