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UPDATE: Chutanli Lake wildfire is being held

(UPDATE: Sept. 5 @ 1:20 p.m.) - The Chutanli Lake wildfire is now being held.

According to Bc Wildfire Service, the fire continues to be estimated at 20,823 hectares and is 60% contained.

Crews will continue to strengthen containment lines and work on remaining hot spots that are identified as a risk to containment.

Today there are 104 firefighters and 18 pieces of heavy equipment on scene.

(UPDATE: Aug. 30 @ 11: 40 a.m.) - The Chutnali Lake wildfire is now 60% contained.

While the Kluskus FSR remains open for all traffic, Martin Road, Blue Road and Grey Road remain closed due to fire activity.

Crews will continue working on strengthening guards in the north to ensure the fire does not head east. When safe to do so, personnel will also complete guard construction in the south and southeast.

Today, there are 86 firefighters and 39 pieces of heavy equipment on scene.

(UPDATE: Aug. 26 @ 5:20 p.m.) - According to BC Wildfire Service, personnel are working to reopen the Kluskus FSR as soon as possible.

Martin Road and Blue Road will both remain closed until further assessed.

Ground crews continue to work on monitoring fire activity around Brewster Lakes area to the 94 km mark.

Today, there are 70 firefighters and 25 pieces of heavy equipment on scene.

(UPDATE: Aug. 24 @ 11:50 a.m.) - The Chutanli Lake wildfire is now estimated to be 19,857 hectares.

Crews are continuing to monitor fire activity around Brewster Lake area to the 94 km mark to monitor risk. Ground personnel is also working on bringing the backline guards east and west where possible.

Today, there are 84 firefighters and 24 pieces of heavy equipment on scene.

(UPDATE: Aug. 23 @ 1:35 p.m.) - The Chutanli Lake wildfire has seen no changes since yesterday.

The fire continues to burn at 14,696 hectares 23 km west of Titetown and 2 km west of Batnuni.

Crews will continue monitoring and mopping up the west end of the fire where it is safe to do so.

Today, there are 83 firefighters and 20 pieces of heavy equipment on scene.

(UPDATE: Aug. 22 @ 2:20 p.m.) - The fire continues to burn 23 km west of Titetown and 2 km west of Batnuni. As a result, additional structural protection crews have moved into Batnuni.

Cooler temperatures are expected which will reduce the risk of erratic fire behaviour, however, increased winds are predicted for this evening.

Aircrews continue to be grounded due to poor visibility while ground crews mop up where it is safe.

Today there are 86 firefighters and 25 pieces of heavy equipment on scene.

(UPDATE: Aug. 20 @ 10:15 p.m.) - BCWS reports that the Martin Road and the Blue Road have been closed due to fire activity.

Work is continuing on the western side to contain the fire while guard construction continues around the Brewster lakes area to 94 km mark.

The fire remains out of control with 75 firefighters and 20 units of heavy equipment enlisted to subdue the fire.

No new information is available at this time.

(UPDATE: Aug. 19 @ 8:30 p.m.) - Since Saturday morning, the Chutanli Lake wildfire has added over 1,000 hectares to its massive flame.

Measured at approximately 13,371 hectares, the fire remains about 23 kilometres west of Titetown, but is encroaching on Batnuni now only one to two kilometres away from the town.

Firefighters are keeping residents informed on the progression of the fire as it rolls eastward. but no activation triggers have been reached at this time.

The Evacuation Alert for the area remains in effect. There are 75 firefighters and 20 units of heavy equipment on the fire on Sunday.

(UPDATE: Aug. 18 @ 11:30 a.m.) - According to BC Wildfire Service, the Chutanli Lake wildfire is now 23 km west of Titetown and about 3 km west of Batnuni.

Firefighters are keeping resident’s informed as the fire progresses eastward. Structural protection has been set up, however, no activation triggers have been reached at this point.

The fire is now estimated to be 12,250 hectares.

Today there are 82 firefighters and 20 pieces of heavy equipment on scene. Crews will continue working on containment on the west end of the fire.

(UPDATE: Aug. 17 @ 7:35 p.m.) - BCWS reports that the Chutanli Lake wildfire has been "quite active" on Friday in its progression in a north-easterly direction.

So far, the fire has not breached the triggers that would cause structural protection to be activated, however, the situation is being closely monitored by crews.

The Evacuation Alert issued by the RDBN on Aug. 7 remains in effect for the fire as shown below.

<who>Photo Credit: RDBN</who>

BCWS last recording of the fire documented at the same 12,141 hectares in size.

There were 71 firefighters and 20 units of heavy equipment on the fire Friday, working on containment in the west end of the fire and constructing a guard around the Brewster lakes area.

(UPDATE: August 17 @ 10:10 a.m.) - The Chutanli Lake wildfire is now estimated to be 12,141 hectares.

Martin Road, Blue Road and the Kluskus FSR from the 70 km mark to the 113 km mark remain closed.

No structures are threatened at this time.

Today, there are 71 firefighters and 20 pieces of heavy equipment on scene.

Crews will continue working to contain the wildfire on the western side. Guard construction will continue along the Brewster lakes area to the 94 km mark.

Personnel plan on monitoring the fire to the east for growth as well as evaluating values of risk.

(UPDATE: August 14 @ 1:15 p.m.) - The Chutanli Lake wildfire remains out of control and is estimated to be 9,800 hectares.

No structures are being threatened at this time, although an evacuation alter remains in place.

Today, crews are working on containing the western side of the fire. Guard construction will begin around the fire from Kluskus 109 km to Kluskus 94 km. Planned ignition was also successful in removing some of the fuels ahead of the fire.

There are 29 firefighters and 17 pieces of heavy equipment on scene today.

(UPDATE: August 13 @ 8:15 p.m.) - Since Saturday, the Chutanli Lake wildfire has grown by over 1,500 hectares.

Chutanli Lake's fire has expanded to approximately 9,748 hectares in size and remains out of control.

Although there is an Evacuation Alert in place, BCWS reports no structures are currently threatened at this time.

Enlisted to the wildfire on Monday were 52 firefighters and seven units of heavy equipment which are working to contain the western side of the fire.

(UPDATE: August 11 @ 1 p.m.) - The Chutanli Lake wildfire has grown since yesterday and is now considered to be 8,130 hectares.

An evacuation alert remains in effect, however, no structures are threatened at this time.

The Kluskus FSR remains closed to traffic from the 70-kilometre mark to the 113 km mark. Martin Road and the Blue Road have also been closed due to fire activity.

Today there are 21 firefighters and six pieces of heavy equipment on scene working to contain the fire on the western side.

(UPDATE: August 10 @ 1:05 p.m.) - The Chutanli Lake wildfire has grown to 7,185 hectares.

Crews were pulled off this fire on Aug. 8, and were reassigned to the South of Long Lake fire due to aggressive fire behaviour.

Ten pieces of heavy equipment remain on scene.

Crews will be reassigned to this fire once objectives are met on the South of Long Lake fire.

(UPDATE: August 9 @ 1:15 p.m.) - The Chutanli Lake wildfire has been experiencing aggressive fire behaviour due to high winds and temperatures.

It is now estimated to be 2,862 hectares.

Crews are expected to return to the Chutanli Lake fire when it is safe to do so.

(UPDATE: August 8 @ 9:55 p.m.) - The Chutanli Lake wildfire remained stagnant throughout Wednesday and BCWS has not recorded any changes.

(UPDATE: August 8 @ 10:55 a.m.) - The Chutanli Lake wildfire has grown to 1,800 hectares since yesterday evening.

According to BC Wildfire Service, the fire is exhibiting aggressive fire behaviour due to high winds and temperatures.

<who>Photo Credit: BC Wildfire Service</who>

Crews will be assessing objectives today and continuing to work on the south and north flanks in an attempt to create containment lines.

The Kluskus FSR remains closed to traffic from the 70-kilometre mark to the 113 km mark. A detour has been marked on Red Road

Today, there are 21 firefighters, three helicopters and five pieces of heavy equipment on scene.

(UPDATE: August 7 @ 10:40 p.m.) - The Chutanli Lake wildfire, which is approximately 1,500 hectares in size, is expected to grow through the evening and overnight, says BCWS.

The wildfire was exhibiting aggressive fire behaviour throughout Tuesday due to the strong winds and hot temperatures and forced crews to retreat from the fire, bringing their equipment with them, to ensure their safety.

<who>Photo Credit: BCWS</who>

The crews, consisted of 21 firefighters, three helicopters and five units of heavy equipment on Tuesday, will return to the wildfire Wednesday to assess future objectives.

Firefighters will also continue to work on the north and south flanks with the intention of establishing containment lines.

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako issued an Evacuation Alert Tuesday night to prepare residents for a potential Evacuation Order.

The Kluskus FSR remains closed to traffic from the 70-kilometre mark to the 113 km mark.

(UPDATE: Aug. 4, @ 1:10 p.m.) - The Chutanli Lake wildfire has crossed the Kluskus road and firefighters are currently responding.

Today, crews are working with heavy equipment to create machine guard and burn fuels on the inside of the guards to create fuel free areas.

The Kluskus FSR is currently closed to traffic from the 70 km to the 113 km. A detour on the Red road is available.

There are currently 22 firefighters, two helicopters and five pieces of heavy equipment on scene.

(UPDATE: Aug. 3, @ 9:20 a.m.) - According to BC Wildfire Service, the Chutanli Lake wildfire is holding at 800 hectares.

Fire crews have been successful at securing machine guard around the perimeter of the fire to limit growth.

Yesterday’s rain helped with the containment by dampening the fuels surrounding the fire.

Today, fire personnel plan on continuing securing perimeter machine guards by burning fuels. Existing roads will also be used to create fuel free zones.

On scene today there will be 22 firefighters, five pieces of heavy equipment and two helicopters.

(Original story: Aug. 1, @ 10:30 a.m.) - The Chutanli Lake wildfire, located just 11 km northeast of Tatelkuz Lake, is estimated to be 800 hectares.

<who>Photo Credit: BC Wildfire Service</who>

As of today, 22 firefighters, two helicopters and 10 pieces of heavy equipment are on scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

According to BC Wildfire Service, this fire is considered interface and an evacuation alert has been issued by the Cariboo Regional District’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

Two properties in the Tatelkuz Lake area, about 131 km west of Quesnel, fall under the alert.

NowMedia will continue to update this fire as more information becomes available.



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