The BC Wildfire Service is on scene at Normal Lake. The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George received the call around 1:30pm Friday. It has issued an evacuation alert for area residents. They should be prepared to leave, in case the fire grows further. The B.C. Wildfire Service is responding to the wildfire burning about two kilometres northwest of Norman Lake and about 30 kilometres west of Prince George.
As of about 4:00pm, the fire covered 10 hectares. Smoke from the fire is visible from Highway 16 and surrounding communities. There are currently 27 firefighters, one helicopter, airtankers, and support personnel working on site. The fire is now 100% surrounded by fire retardant, while an exact cause is still under investigation.
Residents in the area should gather important paperwork, valuables, and move them to a safe location. Arrangements should be made for pets and livestock. They should also have an emergency kit, that includes enough water, food, medication, and First Aid items to last 72 hours. The area is no stranger to the threat of wildfires; in 2015, a fire 50 kilometres southwest of Prince George scorched 24,000 hectares of forest land, forcing the evacuation of Norman Lake and Bobtail Lake.