Wildfire expands northwest of Pemberton Meadows

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      The latest update from the B.C. Wildlife Service shows that a blaze 23 kilometres northwest of Pemberton Meadows has grown to an estimated 12,000 hectares.

      That's 30 times the size of Stanley Park.

      Known as the Boulder Creek fire, it's zero percent contained.

      "Due to an increase in activity on the Boulder Creek wildfire, an Evacuation Order has been implemented for both sides of the Lillooet Forest Service Road, from the 9 kilometre mark to the top of the Pemberton Valley," the B.C. Wildfire Service states on its website. 

      The Elaho wildfire 67 kilometres west of Pembert is also zero percent contained. This blaze, which was caused by lightning, covers 20,000 hectares. It's not an interface fire.

      And the Old Sechelt Mine interface fire is about 80 hectares in size and is 40 percent contained.

      Meanwhile, the Tsulquate River interface fire near Port Hardy remains active but saw "minimal growth" over the weekend. It's an estimated 17 hectares in size and is 20 percent contained.

      And on Burnaby Mountain, ground and air crews quickly contained a wildfire that broke out before 10 a.m. on Sunday.

      There are 178 wildfires burning across the province. It has created a smoky haze over the Lower Mainland, prompting an air-quality advisory.

      "Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted," Metro Vancouver warned. "Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease."