By Jon Zacks
It may be the warm-up for a busy summer, but the spring fire season has brought a number of forest fires to the North Peace.
Dana Hicks, a regional fire management specialist with the Prince George Fire Centre, says there are currently nine fires of note in this region.
Hicks says several of these are now out, and being monitored by fire crews.
But, he says an approximately 30 Hectare fire in the Cache Creek area is currently being actioned by crews.
As well, forest fire crews are assisting municipal crews fighting a blaze near the boundary of the Hudsonâ€™s Hope protection area. Hicks says this fire is close to threatening houses, and so crews are â€˜responding appropriately.â€™
He also says a brand new fire has sparked in the Charlie Lake area, near the 271 road.
Hicks says almost all of the fires so far this year have been human caused, warning people that conditions are more dangerous than they may expect.
The Prince George Fire Centre reminds residents to take the appropriate precautions when burning, including:
-Never burn when it’s windy
-Have enough water and tools on hand to control a fire
-Ensure combustible materials are kept well away from a fire
-Never leave a fire unattended