While much of the attention is focused on wildfires in the southern part of the province, since some of the fires there are threatening property, the Prince George Fire Centre area remains one of the hardest hit so far this year.
As of today, there are 42 wildfires of note (larger than one hectare) burning in the region, which basically covers the northeastern quarter of the province from Prince George to the Alberta border and to the Yukon border.
This year, up to July 28, there have been 896 wildfires in the province which have consumed 58,926 hectares of forest, 271 of those have been in the Prince George Fire Centre area, consuming 45,515 hectares of forest.
The largest fire in the Prince George Fire Centre area, to date, is the Beatton River near Fort St. John at 21,795 hectares. It started May 22 and was brought under control in early June.
The Shovel Lake fire, located about 25 kilometres northwest of Fraser Lake, is now estimated at 880 hectares in size. Forty-one personnel are on location with assistance from heavy machinery and air support.
The fire is growing in a north to northeast direction. Smoke from this fire can be seen by surrounding communities including Fort St. James. The Shovel Lake fire is about 70 km southwest of Fort St. James and is the only active fire surrounding that community. Firefighters are continuing to expand guard along the southwest flanks. The fire is 40 per cent contained. Additional ground crews are en route to help fight the fire.
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has implemented an evacuation alert for areas around this fire.