Evacuation orders lifted as firefighters make progress on central B.C. wildfire (Video)

Firefighters in central British Columbia have made significant progress in containing a wildfire burning west of Prince George on Sunday, during the busiest weekend this year for the B.C. Wildfire Service.

The service said it was notified of a wildfire burning near Fraser Lake and Lejac, along Highway 16, around 3 p.m. PT Saturday.

The fire, estimated at 260 hectares as of Sunday morning at 10 a.m., prompted evacuation orders and alerts in the area. Officials said it didn’t spread overnight. 

As of Sunday evening, that fire was categorized as being held. An evacuation order for the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako was also downgraded to an alert late Sunday night.

“The crews on scene have made great progress today,” said Molly Blower, an information officer with the Prince George Fire Centre. 

The fire is now 50 per cent contained, she said. Blower said 70 per cent of the fire is being guarded by machines and the other 30 per cent of the fire is being guarded by natural fuel breaks.

Much of the smoke has dissipated, she said, but the wind is expected to shift Sunday night and could push any remaining smoke toward Fraser Lake. 

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