A local state of emergency remains in effect, with some areas south of Highway 16 under an evacuation order since late Saturday. Since Thursday last week, B.C. has been basking in the warmth from plenty of sunshine brought about by a strong ridge of high pressure.
Skrepnek said five days of hot dry weather leading up to the weekend resulted in conditions that helped spark wildfires.
"We had pretty significant winds yesterday and that was a big concern", Thiessen said in a phone interview Sunday.
Efforts are underway to fully contain it while the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has rescinded the state of emergency declared Saturday. All of the fires the service is dealing with are human caused, he said.
As of Sunday afternoon, Mike Pritchard with the Prince George Fire Centre said fire crews had managed to create guards, or fuel breaks, using machinery around 70 per cent of the fire, and were anticipating the fire would be fully surrounded by Sunday evening.
The fire, estimated at 260 hectares as of Sunday morning at 10 a.m., has prompted evacuation orders and alerts in the area.
Earlier in the day, Gerry Thiessen, chair of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, said he was "encouraged" by the status of the fire.
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"We haven't had any significant snow or rain since nearly Christmas so that's a real concern for us", he said.
"At this time the fire is suspected to be human-caused". Thiessen said he thought about 40 people were in that area.
"This is very unusual and it's concerning and I just hope people are careful as we go through this summer".
Fraser Lake Mayor Sarrah Storey told CBC News on Saturday night that the fire was visible from the community and described the flames as "impressive".
Quick work by the BC Wildfire Service means the fire is now classed as held, meaning it's not expected to grow.
Sixteen firefighters, aided by air tankers, are fighting the blaze, which is causing extensive smoke and appears to be spreading rapidly.
But wildfires are no longer a surprise for residents of the region, which was sandwiched between major fires during British Columbia's record-breaking fire seasons in 2018 and 2017.