Smoke from the fire could be seen from as far away as Cache Creek.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from as far away as Cache Creek.

Crews respond to Pavilion Lake fire

Forestry crews responded to two nearby fires over the weekend.

Wildfire Management Branch is responding to two wildfires that sparked over the weekend.

A fire near Pavilion Lake, 25 km northeast of Lillooet, was reported shortly after 1 pm Saturday afternoon. Fourteen ground personnel supported by helicopters and air tankers responded. As of Saturday night, the fire was estimated to be approximately 60 hectares in size and was 30 to 40 per cent contained. An evacuation alert is in effect for the Marble Canyon Indian Reserve; the adjacent portion of Highway 99 has also been affected.

On Friday evening crews responded to a wildfire near Gold Bridge, approximately 50 km northwest of Lillooet. The wildfire grew to 20 hectares in size and is now 100 per cent contained. Fifteen firefighters and air support were dispatched to the incident.

Both wildfires are believed to be human-caused and will be under further investigation. Wildfire Management Branch would like to remind the public to be extra vigilant especially as warm, dry weather increases wildfire risk.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, dial *5555 on your cellphone or call toll-free to 1 800 663-5555.