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Babine Fire Complex continues to grow
View of the Island Lake Wildfire Photo by Tracy Calogheros

Babine Fire Complex continues to grow

The BC Wildfire Service says gusty wind and dry conditions have whipped up a group of wildfires burning in northwest BC.

Fire Information Officer Erin Catheral says the group of four fires known as the Babine Complex has grown significantly, including the Shovel Lake Fire 30 kilometres northwest of Burns Lake which is now at over 6100 hectares.

The Nadina Lake Fire south of Houston is estimated at over 5600 hectares. Catherall says the fire was so aggressive yesterday, crews and heavy equipment had to be pulled out for safety.

Crews were also pulled from the Island Lake Fire, which took a 15 kilometre run to the east and is burning at over 7000 hectares. It has also reached Francois Lake Provincial Park.

The Verdun Fire southwest of Grassy Plains has shown aggressive behaviour and is estimated at 100 hectares.

Catherall says hot weather and windy conditions will likely mean more fire growth today.

Evacuation orders and alerts can be found at the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako website.

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