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B.C. fires: Homes destroyed in Puntzi Lake wildfire near Williams Lake

07/11/2015 01:42 EDT | Updated 07/11/2016 05:59 EDT
Multiple properties have been destroyed by a wildfire burning northwest of Puntzi Lake and west of the town of Williams Lake.

The Cariboo Regional District said Friday night that a resort, two permanent homes, one seasonal home and multiple outbuildings on four properties are confirmed lost in the fire.

The news comes just days after an evacuation order along Puntzi Lake was expanded.

On July 8th, the CRD expanded the order to include approximately 50 properties along the northern, western and southern shores of the lake.

An evacuation alert along the northern end of the lake and south of the fork on Puntzi Lake Road down to Highway 20 remains in effect.

The Puntzi Lake wildfire nearly doubled in size overnight from about 12 square kilometres to 22.5 square kilometres. it is zero per cent contained. The Wildfire Management Branch describes its behaviour as aggressive.

A total of 102 firefighters, four helicopters, two air tankers and nine pieces of heavy equipment are currently working the fire.

Wildfire management says fire crews are attempting to to build new containment lines on the east side of the fire and are establishing "structural protection units" to prevent further damage to property.

Google Map: Puntzi Lake, B.C.

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