DAWSON CREEK -- An Evacuation Alert has been issued for residents in the vicinity of 198 Road following the rapid spread of the Tupper Creek wildfire.

The wildfire was discovered July 9, 2024, and is currently burning out of control approximately 29 kilometres from Dawson Creek.

The fire is currently being measured at 120 hectares in size, accoridng the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).

The Peace River Regional District advising residents earlier this morning based on recommendations from the BCWS who say the strong wind conditions forecasted today could lead to worsening conditions.

Residents in the following area are being told to take precautions and be ready to leave at a moments notice:

  • 198 Road and the BC Provincial border
  • West to Hwy 2 and 198 Road
  • Continuing west along the 198 Road to the Kiskatinaw River
  • Southerly, along the Kiskatinaw River to a point due west of the intersection of the One Island Lake Road and Hwy 52E Easterly, to the junction of One Island Lake Road and Hwy 52E
  • Continuing east to the BC Provincial border
  • North along the BC Provincial border to the 198 Road

A full response team is currently actioning the wildfire, with the BC Wildfire Service saying it currently does not pose a threat to properties.

The fire is suspected to have been caused by a dry lightening strike.

This is a developing story, CJDC-TV will continue to provide updates as they are made available.