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Alkali Lake fire grows and comes close to South Stikine merger

Alkali Lake fire grows and comes close to South Stikine merger

More than 70 firefighters are continuing to battle the growing blaze that has forced the evacuation of Telegraph Creek.

The Alkali Lake fire has now grown to 9 thousand hectares as 9 helicopters and 15 units of heavy machinery are on site to assist firefighters.

Those on site say the fire is still very agressive and their priority is still the protection of buildings and infrastructure within the area.

An evacuation order for the area remains in place with a reception centre set up at Peoples Haven in Dease Lake at 1 Stikine Street.

Meanwhile, the South Stikine Fire has ballooned to 19 thousand hectares in size and now poses an additional risk as it comes close to merging with the Alkali Lake blaze after crossing the Tahltan River yesterday.

An evacuation order is also still in place for the Elbow Lake Wildfire, now nearing 700 hectares in size.

The Regional District is asking evacuees from the fires with medical prescriptions to have them transferred to the Pharmasave in the Skeena Mall in Terrace.

We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.

About Jeff Blagden

News Reporter/ Anchor. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Jeff has a background in sports journalism, and radio hosting. He comes most recently from his post as a morning show host in Chetwynd.

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