Three Areas in Bulkley Nechako on Evacuation Alert
Prince George, B.C.- While the focus of wildfire attention has been on the devastating blazes in the Cariboo, just to the west of Prince George, three evacuation alerts have been issued in the Bulkley- Nechako Regional District.
The areas are not highly populated, mostly ranches and some seasonal recreational homes, and they are under threat .
One area under evacuation alert may sound familiar, Little Bobtail Lake, southwest of Bednesti. This is the same area that was the scene of a major early season wildfire just two years ago. Now listed as the Naltesby Lake Alert, it includes properties south of Eulatazella Lake, west to Bobtail Forest Service Road, to 5 km east of Little Bobtail Lake and Naltesby Lake . A full map of the area under this alert is available here.
The second alert involves Tatuk and Finger Lakes, south of Vanderhoof. It covers the area south of Bobtail Connector Forest Service Road, from Long Lake Forest Service Road, to Tatuk Lake Forest Service Road, and South to the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Boundary. The map outlining the complete area under alert can be accessed here.
The third alert is for what has been labelled the Sutherland FSR fire northwest of Fort Fraser. That alert now covers an area from the Sutherland Forest Service Road to the Stuart River, east of Settlement Road to Blue Mountain Forest Service Road and north to Pitka 100 Road. A full map of this evacuation alert area can be accessed here.
“That one ( Sutherland fire) is probably the most active” says Bill Miller, Chair of the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako “In terms of size, that’s the bigger evacuation area.”
Miller says there has been some encouraging news in that the cooler, more stable air has helped stabilize the situation, so while folks aren’t on the verge of being told to leave the area, they should be prepared “That’s what we use these alerts for is to get people prepared, especially when you have rural folks who have cows to round up, animals, livestock. Giving them a good heads up is certainly better for everybody.”
He says while some ranchers have developed their own emergency plans, there have already been discussions with the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resources “They’ve provided a person for us from Range management, to help us organize the transportation of livestock and places to take the animals.” There have already been discussions with auction yards that have the capacity to handle a large number of animals until the situation clears.
For now, says Miller, the forecast is offering some hope that things will get better “Cooler temperatures and no wind is certainly a help. It is encouraging.”