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An evacuation alert has been issued for the community of Pink Mountain.
According to Joyce Poulin from the BC Wildfire Management Branch a fire was called in just before 3p.m. Thursday.
Poulin says the fire is currently around 60 hectares in size and about 50 per cent of it is now contained.
There are 40 firefighters being used to combat the fire along with three bulldozers, two excavators, and three medium helicopters.
Trish Morgan is the manager of community services with the Peace River Regional District and says the area on alert is from Mile 135 up to a creek at 230km then to Cyprus Creek Rd. and up to the Alaska Highway.
She says the people within the area have already been notified by ministry officials to be on alert.
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The fire was reported to have been caused by lightening and at this time has not caused any problems on the Alaska Highway. Motorists are advised that the highway could be closed at anytime if the fire moves closer to the road.
Information about any road closures can be obtained by calling Public Works Canada at 250-774-6956.
For updates on the fire, call the Prince George Fire Centre Duty Room at 250-565-6126 and for more information on the evacuation alert, residents can go to www.prrd.bc.ca
This map shows the location of the fire, which is only 2.5km away from Pink Mountain.
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