The BC Wildfire Service says residents in Dease Lake, Iskut, and nearby communities will likely see a lot of smoke if a planned burn operation on the Alkali Lake fire goes ahead.
Officials hope to slow the fire’s progression toward Glenora, a community of rural properties southwest of Telegraph Creek.
While fire behaviour on the north end of the the Alkali Lake blaze has lessened recently, allowing crews to demobilize equipment, the south end of the fire continues to show active fire behaviour.
Crews are planning the burn to remove forest fuels in front of the fire and draw the flames away from Glenora. The BC Wildfire Service says that fuel-free fire guards have been prepared for the operation and there will be fire retardant and helicopter bucketing in place to manage the burn.
Officials say the burn will only go ahead if conditions allow.
The Alkali Lake fire, which is part of the Stikine Complex, is estimated at 118,318 hectares.