Seventeen new fires in Quesnel fire zone

The BC Wildfire Service has responded to 17 wildfires in the Quesnel fire zone, four which were discovered Saturday, according to the service’s Facebook page. There are no structures or communities threatened at this time.

All of the wildfires have been assessed and are being responded to in priority sequence. Air tankers, ground crews, aircraft and heavy equipment are responding. 

The first general area of wildfires is north of Highway 26, east of the community of Quesnel and west of Bowron Lake Park, with five fires in the area. The largest is fire C11853 which is estimated at 20 hectares in size. 16 firefighting personnel are on site.

Keithley Creek Mountain area has two wildfires. The largest is the Cottonwood fire, estimated at 60 hectares. There are 27 firefighters, two support staff and heavy equipment on site. 

Four wildfires are north of the Itcha Ilgachuz Park. The Shag Creek fire was discovered this afternoon and is the largest fire in this area at an estimated 15 hectares. This fire has been assessed by a birddog. 

Lastly, there are five fires south of Kluskoil Lake Park and northwest of Nazko. Two of these fires were discovered this afternoon and air tankers are on site.