Wildfire sparks evacuation alert near Vanderhoof

High winds and dry conditions caused a fire to double in size Monday in central B.C. as nearby residents were told to be prepared to evacuate.

An evacuation alert was in effect for more than 30 homes after the Greer Creek blaze spread to about 50 square kilometres in an area of pine-beetle ravaged forest southwest of Vanderhoof.

Fire information officer Joyce Poulin, with the Prince George Fire Centre, said firefighters are unsure of the exact size because heavy smoke was hampering efforts to measure the blaze.