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Lightning sparks 15 fires in Prince George Fire Centre

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The largest fire, 60 kilometres northeast of Fort Nelson, burned 3 hectares, requiring helicopters to use bucker water and 2 Initial Attack Crews onsite fighting the blaze.

Meanwhile, air tankers were used to fight another fire south of Stuart Lake, followed by a helicopter bucketing additional water onto the fire.

Ground crews are onsite today fighting the remaining fires.

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Over the extended Canada Day long weekend, 15 abandoned campfires were reported in the Prince George Fire Zone.

“Anyone who lights a campfire must completely extinguish it before leaving the area for any length of time, making sure that the ashes are cool to the touch,” Fire Information Officer, Jill Kelsh said.

The fire danger rating is currently “moderate” to “high” throughout the Prince George Fire Centre, while Fort St. John and northeast of Fort Nelson, as well as Vanderhoof are rated as “extreme”.

“Numerous phone reports received from the public over the long weekend allowed the Wildfire Management Branch to respond to fires quickly and efficiently,” Kelsh goes on to say. “The Prince George Fire Centre thanks everyone who took the time to call about these fires.”

You can report a wildfire or unattended campfire by dialing *5555 on your cellphone or calling 1 800 663 5555 toll-free.

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