FORT NELSON -- The Doig River First Nation has issued an Evacuation Order for the Doig River Reserve due to the threat posed by a wildfire burning out of control northeast of Rose Prairie.

The fire is burning 45 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John and was discovered Sunday night around 6:30 p.m.

The fire has since grown to 150 hectares in size and is believed to be human caused.

All Doig River First Nation Members that live on Reserve are being asked to evacuate to a muster point in Fort St. John.

Residents are being asked to gather at the Emergency Service Centre at the North Peace Arena located at 9805 96th Avenue, Fort St. John.

The Doig River is asking anyone in need of transportation assistance from the area to contact (778) 715-9725.

Those being asked to evacuate are being asked to take the following steps:

  • Shut off all gas and electrical appliances other than refrigerators and freezers.
  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Close gates but do not lock.
  • Gather your family and, if you have room, take a neighbour or someone needing transportation.
  • Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and keys) only if they immediately available.
  • Take pets in kennels or on leash.
  • Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service.

The Doig River First Nation say Chief and Council will provide more information on evacuation efforts later today.

Earlier today, the Doig River First Nation declared a State of Local Emergency.

“BCWS is actively water bombing today, please have a grab and go bag ready with your important documentation in case we need to evacuate. Please stay calm, we will update as the situation progresses,” said the Doig River First Nation in a social media post.

CJDC-TV will continue to update this story as we learn more information.