Situation Improves a Bit for Stikine Wildfires, but Not For Babine Complex Fires

There was a bit of good news this morning for crews fighting the massive wildfires which are devastating the Telegraph Creek area.

Fire Information Officer Heather Rice says weather has cooperated a little bit.

"I can tell you yesterday on the fire, there was a little bit of rain and the cold front that went through didn't produce the winds that had been forecasted, so that was a bit of a win for us yesterday -- it allowed the crews to get a little bit more established on the south end of the fire with fire guards and they continue to work on that flank of the fire and continue to protect both the communties of Glenora and Telegraph Creek," said Rice this morning (Friday).

An evacuation order remains in place for the area, although Rice says there were a few residents of Glenora who did not obey the order to leave.

Yesterday, the Alkali Lake and South Stikine River fires merged into a 28-thousand-hectare megafire -- and there were fears winds could whip up the flames more.

Smoke continues to cause problems for people in the area.

In the Lakes District however, the situation didn't improve at all overnight for the Babine Complex Fires.

Fire Information Officer Brian Hearnden says there was growth in all of the major wildfires burning there, resulting in expanded Evacuation Orders and Alerts by the Bulkley Nechako Regional District.

"Particularly to the northeast -- on the Island Lake Fire, we've seen substantial growth to the northeast, resulting in more orders and alerts being issued; as well we've seen substantial growth on the Verdun Fire towards the northeast towards Takysie Lake;  as well as on the Nadina Lake Fire, we saw quite a large growth last night around 10 kilometres to the northeast, heading towards the Owen Lake area," said Hearnden.

For complete information on Evacuation Orders and Alerts, check the Regional District website: http://www.rdbn.bc.ca/  

[COVER PHOTO:    Alkali Lake Fire -- BC Wildfire Service]