Minister of Emergency Management shares update on Fort Nelson wildfires

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May 13, 2024 – Max Bowder/

FORT NELSON, B.C. — There’s a chance for volatile wildfire activity near Fort Nelson this afternoon as Highway 97 and Highway 77 to the north remain closed, according to BC Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness Bowinn Ma.

As of Monday morning, the fire is currently listed at 5,280 hectares and is located 2.5 kilometres west of Fort Nelson.

Ma has called on those who have not already evacuated to leave immediately.

“The next 48 hours will be a challenging situation for the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality given forecasted ongoing westerly winds and extremely dry and volatile fuels in the area,” said Ma at a media conference Monday morning.

“BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) wildfire crews and local fire crews and fire departments from across the province are doing everything they can do to protect homes and the community.”

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