The White Spruce Creek fire was first discovered on September 10 caused by lightning, but has grown substantially over the past few days to 6,000 hectares. The fire is located approximately 125 kilometres east of Fort Nelson, where it is threatening nearby oil and gas facilities.
The area affected by the evacuation order spans south of the Peggo Road connecting to and west of the Shekillie River, east of longitude 120 degrees 45 minutes west staying on the east side of the Sierra YoYo Desan Road and north of latitude 58 degrees 45 minutes north. Anyone in the area must leave immediately, turn off gas and electrical appliances other than fridges and freezers, and bring essential items.
The Prince George Fire Centre says a cold front is moving through the area which is expected to bring winds gusting to 50 kilometres per hour, with no accompanying precipitation. The fire is being monitored from the air and the ground, but because of its size it is not being directly suppressed.
The State of Emergency will be in effect for seven days, unless cancelled.