The Little Bobtail Lake fire southwest of Prince George has grown significantly in the last 24 hours.
The fire now encompasses approximately 8,000 hectares.
According to Melissa Klassen, Fire Information Officer with the Wildfire Management Branch, the fire is unpredictable and aggressive.
A rank 5 fire is an extremely vigorous surface fire or active crown fire that is very difficult to control.
Currently, the fire is most active on it’s northern and northwest sections.
Klassen says this is the second year that the area has received higher than normal temperatures and drought conditions.
The latest forecast calls for a continuation of the hot weather for the foreseeable future.
There are 120 firefighters, five helicopters and 10 pieces of heavy equipment battling the fire, with crews also supported by four air-tankers that can drop water, foam, or retardant on the fire.
Operations are running around the clock on this incident, with the current objective of protecting structures in the area.
Klassen says so far no structures have been affected by the fire, but sprinkler protection personnel have been deployed.