An evacuation order has been issued for residents in the Little Bobtail Lake fire area.

Evacuation order issued for Little Bobtail Lake fire

A fire burning three kilometres south of Norman Lake has initiated an evacuation of residents

Update: from Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Wildfire Management Branch

A news release updated the Little Bobtail Lake Fire that is burning three kilometres south of Norman Lake, “Has grown significantly over the last 24 hours and is now burning an area of approximately 8000 hectares. This fire is showing unpredictable and aggressive fire behaviour.”

At this time there are  120 firefighters, five helicopters and 10 pieces of heavy equipment responding to the fire. Four Air Tractor AT-802F “Fire Boss” amphibious air tankers are supporting Wildfire Management Branch crews. The  air tankiers can drop water, foam or retardant to suppress the fire.

The release added, “Operations are running around the clock on this incident. The current objective of firefighting efforts is to protect structures in the area without compromising the safety of Wildfire Management Branch crews.”

Vanderhoof – A fire burning three kilometres south of Norman Lake has initiated an evacuation of residents.

The Ministry of Forests’ wildfire management branch issued the Little Bobtail Lake Fire Evacuation Order Sunday, May 10. The fire is estimated to be 2,500 hectares in size.

Jill Kelsh, communications for wildfire management branch, said Monday the fire grew overnight.

“It’s hard to say how long it might last but based on the sunny forecast we are expecting it will stay active and its about getting [residents out] and the resources there,” Kelsh said.

The affected area starts at the intersection of the Bobtail Forest Service Road and Blackwater Road, south to the Bobtail Connector Forest Service Road, and includes all lands east of the Bobtail Forest Service Road and the Bobtail Connector Forest Service Road to the eastern boundary of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Electoral Area ‘F’ (Vanderhoof Rural), including the Little Bobtail Lake, Naltesby Lake, and Eulatazella Lake.

Residents within the evacuation order area must leave immediately and register at the Reception Centre located at the Vanderhoof arena at 340 Columbia St. East.

Fraser Fort George also has an evacuation order in place across the regional district boundary, Bill Miller, chair of the RDBN said.

“It’s bigger than just our region. We also have an alert area be yond the evacuation area as well,” said Miller


Just Posted

Column: how to bring young blood to ranching

A Young Agarians program seeks to partner new ranchers with old

Stolen truck involved in fatal collision on Highway 16

Wednesday’s two-vehicle crash killed one man, 23, and injured two others

Local company Northern Homecraft wins big at Northern B.C. awards

Vanderhoof company won in two categories for homes built in Fort St. James area

Column: the 4-H way of life

Local 4-H member Jacinta Meir on what being a member means to her

2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I

Quesnel legion’s historian Doug Carey documents some of the atrocities of WWI

VIDEO: People with diabetes meet their alert dogs

A diabetic alert dog is trained to detect low blood sugar in people who have Type 1 diabetes

B.C. Realtor suspended after helping intern forge note about sick grandma

Vancouver real estate agent Jaideep Singh Puri has to pay fine, take ethics course

Offensive Facebook post by Okanagan Conservative riding sparks outrage

Post taken down after Conservative MP in neighbouring riding condemns it and demands removal

John Horgan shrugs off low turnout, change to referendum option

‘No’ proportional representation group says voting should be extended

Two more government pot shops to open in Kamloops

Two private applications are also in the queue to come before city council by the end of the year

2 B.C. men charged after allegedly stealing $1,400 worth of butter

The two men, ages 23 and 25, are facing charges of theft under $5,000, Coquitlam police said

Invasive fire ants join the tourist swarms at Hawaii Volcano National Park

Invasive species found at popular tourist destination

Ten-year sentence for man convicted of B.C. belt-strangling death

Shayne McGenn guilty of manslaughter in 2016 death of David Delaney, 63

Roy Clark, country singer, ‘Hee Haw’ star, has died

Guitar virtuoso died because of complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla. He was 85.

Most Read