Update Sunday at 8:00 p.m.

The BC Wildfire Service issued a statement (Sunday night) that because of great progress, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has downgraded the evacuation order and lifted the evacuation alert that prompted the Lejac wildfire five kilometres east of Fraser Lake.

The decision was made Sunday night at 8:00.

The evacuation order is now an alert.

The fire, which is believed to be human-caused, is 50 % contained and 70 % fire guarded and is remapped at 236 hectares.

All 40 firefighters will be back on the scene Monday morning.

Crews worked through the night on a 260-hectare fire burning in Lejac, near Fraser Lake.

As of 9:16 this morning, the fire has been 70% machine guarded.

Update 7:00 pm: A fire burning in Lejac, near Fraser Lake has grown to over 200 hectares, according to BC Wildfire.

The fire is being managed by BC Wildfire Service personnel along with air support. Twenty firefighters will remain on scene throughout the night.

The Evacuation Order is in effect for the following area:

South of Highway 16 to south of Roys Lake; West and East of Seaspunkut 4 (Lejac), as shown on the attached map.