British Columbia

Out of control fire burning 5 km east of Tete Jaune Cache, B.C.

An out-of-control wildfire is burning close to a small community near the B.C.-Alberta border but is not considered to be threatening any people or structures.

'The public might be used to seeing news about the floods and damp spring but things are drying up there'

CBC listener Janey Weeks took this photo of the fire near Tete Jaune Cache on Highway 16 on May 23, 2017. (Janey Weeks)

An out-of-control wildfire is burning close to a small community near the B.C.-Alberta border but is not considered to be threatening any people or structures. 

The fire is believed to be human-caused and is north of Highway 16, approximately five kilometres east of Tete Jaune Cache, B.C. 

The B.C. Wildfire Service says it has dispatched 26 firefighters to the scene. 

While there is no threat to people or property at this time, the fire is highly visible from the town, which has a population of approximately 550 people. 

"At this point, nothing is threatened. But the winds can change quite quickly ... so, we're monitoring the system closely," said fire information officer Claire Allen. 

It's the first significant wildfire of 2017, and Allen is hopeful it reminds people to start taking precautions when out in the backcountry. 

"The public might be used to seeing news about the floods and damp spring, but things are drying up there." 

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