The closest fire to Bella Coola at this time is sitting 52 kilometres east on the border of Tweedsmuir Park and the Cariboo plateau, within Tweedsmuir Park. It is estimated at 1200 hectares and is currently zero percent contained.
While the communities of Anahim Lake and Nimpo Lake are not directly affected yet, there are several structures on the area known as the Precipice that are receiving help from the structural protection unit.
“The Structural Protection Unit is installing sprinklers on structures to protect them should the wildfire move in that direction,” said Fire Information Officer Jessica Poustie. “At present no homes on the Precipice have been lost.”
There are also several heritage buildings located in the area, most notably the Telegraph Line Cabin which received funding for a restoration project just this spring.
There are 25 firefighters and five helicopters fighting the blaze, along with eight single resources and support staff working on this fire. Crews are preparing for controlled burning so smoke plumes may be visible from Bella Coola.
Highway 20 is not directly affected by this fire but residents are asked to check DriveBC for the most current updates before traveling.