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

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