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May 17, 2023

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A change in wind direction aided firefighters working overnight as they managed to prevent two out-of-control wildfires from advancing closer to Fort St. John in northeast British Columbia.

BC Wildfire Service information officer Hannah Swift says the Stoddart Creek blaze that is threatening the city is now estimated to be 215 square kilometres in size, down from the earlier estimate of 235 square kilometres on Tuesday.

Fort St. John’s 21,000 residents remain under an evacuation alert, but Environment Canada says winds there have shifted from northerly to a more easterly direction, pushing both the Stoddart Creek fire and the smaller Red Creek blaze away from the city.

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