FORT NELSON -- A wildfire that is burning out of control less than 100 kilometres from Fort Nelson has grown to 224 hectares in size after being discovered July 3rd.

The fire is burning in a forested area three kilometres east of Delkpay Creek.

According to the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), the fire is suspected to have been caused by a dry lightening strike, and is burning within the boundary where area restrictions remain in place.

Restrictions in the Fort Nelson Fire Zone were issued late May due to the threat posed by the Patry Creek and Nogah Creek Wildfires.

The Prince George Fire Centre couldn’t provide anymore information in time for publication, however the latest information shows a modified response is being undertaken.

“During a modified response, a wildfire is managed using a combination of techniques with the goal to minimize costs and damage while maximizing ecological benefits from the fire,” according to the BC Wildfire Service.

Currently, the fire does not pose any immediate threat to structures or area residents. 

It is not the only fire burning in the Fort Nelson Fire Zone with two smaller wildfires also breaking out earlier today.

The first fire is burning out of control west of Kotcho Lake and is currently being measured at four hectares in size.

The BC Wildfire Service are approaching the fire with a monitored response.

A second adjacent wildfire burning near Shush Creek was quickly brought under control today after being discovered this afternoon, it was measured at less than a hectare in size before being contained.

Both fires are suspected to have been caused by lightening strikes.