Abel Lake Ranch (Submitted by Caroline Brown)

UPDATE: Gustafsen wildfire holds steady at 3,200 hectares

Evacuation remain in effect for 103 Mile, 108 Mile, 105 Mile and the western part of Lac la Hache

The Gustafsen fire remains at an estimated at 3,200 hectares in size and is still zero per cent contained.

Earlier estimates from the wildfire service had put the fire at 1,800 hectares.

This fire is expected to grow substantially in the next hours and the amount of growth is dependent on weather and wind conditions, according to BC Wildfire Services.

WATCH: CRD asks people for patience before returning to their homes

Fire officials are urging the public to exercise caution on the roads and to stay away from the fire area, in the interest of both public and worker safety, as structures have been lost in the South Cariboo.

Evacuations remain in effect for 103 Mile, 108 Mile, 105 Mile and the western part of Lac la Hache.

Highway 97 has reopened north of 100 Mile House through to Lac la Hache and Williams Lake, according to Drive BC.

Police have asked vehicles to avoid pulling over along the highway through 103 Mile to 108 Mile. Roadblocks remain in place for roads into the evacuated communities.

Have a news tip, photo or video of wildfires currently burning in B.C.? Email Black Press provincial reporter Ashley Wadhwani at
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

An update from the Cariboo Regional District is expected shortly.

Good morning! The EOC is back and open. We are currently gathering information and will post an update when we can.

Posted by Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre on Saturday, July 8, 2017

Just Posted

VIDEO: Gators depth leads team to Valley title

Walnut Grove’s Kevin Kao earns most valuable player honours in leading Gators to victory

Thursday summit at Langley Events Centre outlines sprinkler benefits

Township stresses importance of residential sprinklers in homes

A new high for Spartans hockey program

Trinity Western hockey team has won 18 games, a new benchmark for the program

Poppy students lead the way for Langley United Wrestling Club

Four gold and three bronze medals for Langley wrestlers in advance of provincial championships

New group for parents of overdose victims launched by Langley mother

There is a lack of long-term resources for grieving parents

VIDEO: Top 10 B.C. budget highlights

The NDP is focusing on childcare, affordable housing and speeding up the elimination of MSP premiums

4 treatment centres to open in memory of B.C. teen who died of an overdose

A treatment centre for addictions is opening in Penticton after the first one fell through

BCHL Today: Merritt peaking at right time and Taylor signs with UNH Wildcats

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Violent sex offender found not guilty of breach for smoking marijuana

Once designated a dangerous offender, Kevin Miller reportedly back at Chilliwack halfway house

Video: B.C. firefighters featured in quirky video

Oliver Fire Department posts video about their B.C. volunteer firefighter spring training seminar

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Two more medals push Canada into third place

A gold in ski cross and a bronze in bobsleigh as men’s hockey advances to the semis

5 to start your day

NDP rolls out first budget, piano teacher accused of sex assault involving former students and more

Trudeau reiterates denial of Sikh separatists in cabinet, condemns extremism

“We will always stand against violent extremism, but we understand that diversity of views is one of the great strengths of Canada.”

Canada wins gold in men’s ski cross

Leman earns redemption with ski cross gold; Homan out early

Most Read