The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a new wildfire about five kilometres south of Pantage Lake and 40 kilometres northwest of Quesnel.

The fire was reported on June 4 and currently covers about 50 hectares.

This wildfire does not pose an immediate threat to public safety or property at this time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Crews began fighting the fire yesterday and they are now being supported by airtankers, a helicopter and heavy equipment. Thirty-seven firefighters are currently working to establish control lines around the perimeter. The fire is currently classified as “out of control” and is 0% contained at this time.

The BC Wildfire Service strongly urges members of the public to stay well away from the area where this wildfire is burning, since their presence could put the safety of firefighting crews and others at risk. Public access to a wildfire site is not allowed during fire suppression operations, under the provisions of the Wildfire Act and WorkSafeBC regulations.