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Two fires become one near Telegraph Creek

The Alkali Lake Fire, and South Stikine River fires near Telegraph Creek have now merged. Photo: BC Wildfire Service.

The BC Wildfire Service says the Alkali Lake, and South Stikine River fires are one big blaze, as community members evacuated to Dease Lake get an update from officials.

The BC Wildfire Service says the Alkali Lake fire northwest of Telegraph Creek is 9,000 hectares, has merged with the 19,000 hectare South Stikine River fire.

The Wildfire Service says the fire continues to show aggressive fire behaviour and growth, and the focus for firefighters is to protect structures and infrastructure in Telegraph Creek, along with culturally sensitive sites.

Tahltan Chief Rick McLean told a community meeting Wednesday night in Dease Lake, there has been more structure loss in the six mile area.

The Wildfire Service says safe passage along Highway 51 connecting Telegraph Creek, and Dease Lake has been restored.

Yukon Wildland Fire Management says air support from BC fighting the fire is using the Watson Lake air base for logistical support, and Yukon is also helping with air tankers.

The forecast calls for a cold front to move through northwestern BC, which could aggravate the fire further.

Both fires have forced the evacuation of Telegraph Creek to Dease Lake where aid from both the north and south continues to pour in.

Cube vans and trailers were sent from Whitehorse, Watson Lake, and Lower Post on Tuesday to support the hundreds who are seeking shelter in Dease Lake, Iskut, and surrounding areas.

The Wildfire Service says Dease Lake is not under any evacuation alerts or orders.

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