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Shovel Lake wildfire now the largest out-of-control blaze in BC

Shovel Lake wildfire burning near Fraser Lake | Fraser Lake Fire Dept./Facebook

More than doubling its size in the last 24 hours, the Shovel Lake wildfire has grown to 5,000 hectares and remains active within the Bulkley-Nechako region.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, the blaze is now listed as the largest out-of-control blaze in all of the province, burning 25 kilometres Northwest of Fraser Lake and 30 kilometres Northeast of Burns Lake.

The Northwest Fire Centre adds the fire is zero-percent contained.

Almost 100 firefighters are on the ground working to build a guard on the south side of the blaze, in addition to seven helicopters and more than 30 pieces of heavy equipment.

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An evacuation alert is still in effect for those living in the rural area.

A smoky skies bulletin, which has now lasted a week long, remains implemented and Northern Health is urging everyone to stay inside, in a cooler area, until the advisory is lifted.

We will continue to bring more information as it becomes available.

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