The BC Wildfire Service says the Alkali Lake fire near Telegraph Creek and the South Stikine wildfire have merged into one huge fire, fanned by southwest wind.
Put together, both blazes have now scorched nearly 29,000 hectares or about 290 square kilometres of land with no end to their growth and volatility in sight.
At a community update meeting Wednesday night, Tahltan Chief Rick McLean said while no more buildings burned in Telegraph Creek, there were some other structures lost near 6 Mile.
The BC Wildfire Service says the priority for crews and air support is protecting buildings and infrastructure in the Telegraph Creek area and culturally sensitive sites.
The service says Dease Lake is not under an evacuation order or alert at this time, but heavy smoke continues to blanket the area.
Those staying and working from the community might get some relief later this week when air scrubbers and face masks are expected to arrive.