State of emergency declared, evacuations ordered amid central B.C. wildfire

A fire is burning just east of Fraser Lake

A fire is burning just east of Fraser Lake

It is, however, 70 per cent guarded, the service notes.

As of Sunday morning, fire crews had managed to create guards, or fuel breaks, using machinery around 70 per cent of the fire.

BCWS reports that 41 firefighters were at the fire on Sunday, along with three helicopters and 15 units of heavy equipment.

We will continue to being more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE: 10:50 a.m.

Fraser Lake Mayor Sarrah Storey told CBC News on Saturday night that the fire was visible from the community and described the flames as "impressive".

Efforts are underway to fully contain it while the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has rescinded the state of emergency declared Saturday.

Thiessen said the area has a few properties but not many residences.

Meantime, an evacuation alert is in place for a larger area, meaning people there have to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.

Another wildfire was discovered Saturday north of Fort St. John in the Charlie Lake area, which B.C. Wildfire Service said was less than a hectare in size.

The cause remains under investigation, but Thiessen said that with no recent lightning in the area it appears to have been human-caused.

"Our concern is what it will do to the fire", he said.

"We haven't had any significant snow or rain since nearly Christmas so that's a real concern for us", he said. "So we need to get moisture into the ground".

Thiessen has said he's struck by just how early the wildfire season has started this year.

"This is very unusual and it's concerning", he said.

Residents have been forced out of their homes as a wildfire grows near Fraser Lake Saturday.

"Well certainly the fire came up quite quickly".

Officials in Central British Columbia are feeling confident that they will be able to make some headway in their battle against a wildfire west of Prince George on Sunday - although changing winds may hamper their progress.

There are now 20 BCWS firefighters on size battling the fire who will remain at the fire throughout the night.

The state of emergency and evacuation order for a community in Northern B.C. affected by wildfire have been lifted.

The Lejac wildfire, along an area south of Highway 16 and roughly 5 kilometers east of the Village of Fraser Lake, has swallowed up some 260 hectares.

An evacuation alert has been implemented for the area south of Hwy 16 to south of Klez Lake and east of Drywilliam Lake.