The B.C. government is deploying hundreds of firefighters to neighbouring Alberta, where crews are already grappling with several out-of-control wildfires.
On Sunday, the blaze was about 25 kilometres away and officials estimated it at about 25,000 hectares.
"It looks very scary on the horizon, but in the Town of High Level the skies are blue and sunny and windy".
On Tuesday night, wildfire officials deemed the wildfire danger as "extreme".
A wildfire burning south of the Town of High Level has jumped a highway, prompting warnings from fire officials.
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The evacuees were told to prepare for three days away from their homes and Kenney said they could be out for as many as five days.
Power and cellphone service have been lost in the area, but is expected to be restored later Tuesday.
Fire information officer Kyla Fraser tells KamloopsMatters 26 members from the Prince George Fire Centre will be going to Alberta; the Kamloops Fire Centre, meanwhile, will be sending 49. Moderate or strong winds are expected to push the head of the fire toward the northwest this week, but spread on the flanks will most likely cause it to move closer to the town at the same time.
No homes have been damaged, and no injuries have been reported as a result of the fire, but electricity service is out in the area and cell phone service has been disrupted. Roughly 88,000 people had to evacuate Fort McMurray that May.
There are now 39 active fires burning in B.C. but none that the wildfire service considers "wildfires of note", meaning fires that are highly visible or that pose a potential threat to public safety.
The centres are located at the Slave Lake Legacy Centre, the High Prairie Sports Palace, Grande Prairie Regional College, Peace River Misery Mountain Ski Hill and the La Crete Heritage Centre.