West Quesnel on evacuation alert and Fort St. James fills with smoke as B.C. wildfires rage out of control

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      Fortunately, nobody has died as a result of brutal B.C. wildfires this summer.

      However, they're still creating a great deal of stress and undermining tourism in many areas of the province.

      In West Quesnel, an evacuation alert remains in effect due to the 3,100-hectare Narcosli Creek blaze. It's zero-percent contained.

      At this point, the fire is not expected to cross the Fraser River into the rest of Quesnel, a tourism- and resource-oriented city in the Cariboo with a population of about 12,000.

      Meanwhile, the Shag Creek wildfire in the Cariboo is still zero-percent contained and is covering 7,000 hectares.

      An emergency registration centre has opened in Prince George for evacuees in the Cariboo Fire Centre to receive support services. There are also opportunities to register pets.

      This weekend, lightning has ignited more than 100 new fires, but rain has also helped fire-suppression efforts in some areas.

      The B.C. government website lists 43 "wildfires of note" among the more than 600 burning across the province.

      Two are in the Coastal Fire Centre.

      The High Creek wildfire is 120 hectares in the eastern Fraser Valley is zero-percent contained. It forced the evacuation of Sasquatch Provincial Park near Harrison Hot Springs, but no structures are threatened. It's believed to be human-caused.

      The Nanaimo Lakes wildfire continues buring 13 kilometres southwest of Nanaimo, and it's now 40-percent contained. Evacuation orders have been rescinded.

      Northwest B.C. has been hit particularly hard by wildfires this year. The largest are the Alkali Lake and Shovel Lake wildfires, which are each 30,000 hectares.

      The former is burning five kilometres northwest of Telegraph Creek, which has been evacuated. This blaze has merged with the South Stikine wildfire.

      The Shovel Lake wildfire is 13 kilometres north of Stellako and is reportedly filling Fort St. James with smoke.

      Meanwhile, the Nadina Lake wildfire in the Northwest Fire Centre is 15,000 kilometres, burning 63 kilometres southwest of Burns Lake. And the Island Lake wildfire is 11,300 hectares. 

      Evacuation alerts for various communities are posted on the Stikine Regional District and Bulkley Nechako Regional District websites.

      There are nine wildfires of note in both the Southeast Fire Centre and Kamloops Fire Centre, and another six in the Prince George Fire Centre.

      This weekend, the province has announced that area-restriction orders have been imposed for the Goldstream River and Blacktail Mountain wildfires in the Southeast Fire Centre.

      The Goldstream River wildfire is 70 kilometres northwest of Revelstoke and the Blacktail Mountain wildfire is eight kilometres southeast of Silverton in Kokanee Glacier Park.

      There are also new area restrictions for the Hugh Allen Creek wildfire, which is 60 kilometres southeast of Valemont, and the Nichyeskwa Creek wildfire. It's about 80 kilometres northeast of Smithers.