SAYWARD, BC – Strong winds are headed for Johnstone Strait.

According to an alert from Environment Canada, gale force winds are expected to come to the area. The winds measure at 34 to 47 knots (63 to 87 km/h).

Winds will increase 15 to 25 knots (28 to 46 km/h) overnight, and reach 35 knots (65 km/h) by Saturday afternoon.

Those winds could have an impact on an eight-hectare human caused wildfire in Sayward.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, the blaze is along Frenchman Road, close to the North Island village.

The location of the fire, sourced from Google Maps.

An update from the village government has said that the fire is still out of control, with crews and emergency personnel still on scene fighting the fire from the ground and the air. Ten firefighters, one officer, two helicopters, and two tree-fallers with BC Wildfire are battling the fire.

The fire will be monitored this evening, and overnight, and re-assessed in the morning. A crew of 30 firefighters will be headed to the village tomorrow.

Residents of Frenchman Road have reported being warned to evacuate, depending on the behaviour of the wind.