UPDATE as of 6:30 p.m. – The Fire is now listed as under control. The evacuation order that affected approximately 100 properties in the area of the fire has now been rescinded. All residents can return home.
Crews will remain on scene putting out any remaining hotspots. The State of Local Emergency is continuing as a precautionary measure.
UPDATE: The fire is no longer in "out of control" status and is now being held. Crews continue to assist the Fort Nelson Volunteer fire department. https://t.co/mZ2sbcrNuw
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) May 12, 2018
FORT NELSON, B.C. – Volunteers from the Fort Nelson Fire Department and the B.C. Wildfire Service are fighting a fire west of Fort Nelson. The Regional Municipality has also activated the Emergency Operations Centre.
The fire is approximately 30 hectares in size and is 2km west of Radar Road, which is west of Fort Nelson. The Regional Municipality has also activated the Emergency Operations Centre due to how close the fire is to Fort Nelson. The Fort Nelson Golf Course has been closed due to the fire.
Air tankers and one helicopter are on the scene. The Forest Service believes the fire was human-caused.
BCWS personnel currently responding with the Fort Nelson Volunteer Fire Dept. to a ~30 ha #BCwildfire that’s ~2 km west of Radar Road, which is west of Fort Nelson. Airtankers and 1 helicopter are on scene. Fire is believed to be human-caused.
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) May 11, 2018
Officials in both B.C. and Alberta are urging members of the public to use caution with any campfires and to adhere to any fire bans as a ridge of high pressure is forecast to bring hot, dry temperatures to the Peace Region.
Fire Information Officers Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that conditions in Northeast B.C. are starting to dry out because of the lack of rain that the rest of the Southern Interior has experienced this week. Reynolds is reminding residents that Category Two fires, fireworks, and burning barrels are currently banned in all of Northeast B.C., and that anyone present near a campfire that is larger than a half-metre in dimension would be liable to get a fine of over $1,000.