Update on Little Bobtail Lake fire sees 30 percent containment

As of 8:21 Wednesday morning the Little Bobtail Lake fire is 30 per cent contained because of favourable weather conditions and holds steady in size at 25,000 hectares.

The crews, including 315 firefighters, 11 helicopters, 38 pieces of heavy equipment, six airtankers and aircraft supporting ground crews, made progress in getting control lines established and reinforcing existing ones.

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Night crews finished burn off along the north flank of the fire, got rid of patches of fuel between heh fire and the guard and crews may do more burn off Wednesday morning.

While it's still cool ignition operations show there are still dry pockets present that can easily burn.

There is still no loss of structures.

There is still 80 people out on an evacuation order and evacuation orders and alerts have been put in place by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, including an evacuation order put out a week ago Sunday for the area around Norman Lake and a week ago Monday morning an alert was put out for Bednesti Lake, Berman Lake and Dahl Lake Road.

Road blocks are still in place in that area.

BC Parks closed Dahl Lake Provincial Park and Bobtail Mountain Provincial Park to all recreational users and has ordered the evacuation of any users within the park.

Smoke is very visible from the highway and nearby communities.

The RCMP and the Wildfire Management Branch are conducting a joint investigation into the cause of this fire, which is believed to be human caused.

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