British Columbia

Wildfire triggers evacuation alert in northeastern B.C.

A wildfire in northeast B.C. has triggered an evacuation alert for a natural gas plant in the mostly-rural region of Suhm Creek, about 120 kilometres northeast of Fort Nelson.

No immediate danger say regional officials

A wildfire in northeast B.C. has triggered an evacuation alert for a natural gas plant in the mostly-rural region of Suhm Creek, about 120 kilometres northeast of Fort Nelson.

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has issued the alert, which covers the natural gas plant and another commercial facility. While the regional municipality says there's no immediate danger from the Pesh fire right now, the evacuation alert has been issued as a precaution.

The fire was sparked by lighting last week and covers about 48 square kilometres, but because it's far away from any settlements, the Forest Service says the blaze is not being tackled by firefighters, although it is being monitored.

Meanwhile, the service says there have been more than 20 new fire starts in the Cariboo in the past two days. Most of them are small, with the largest covering just two square kilometres southwest of Williams Lake.