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More B.C. Firefighters heading to Alberta to help with forest fires

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The BC Wildfire Service is sending additional personnel to Alberta to help respond to an increasingly challenging wildfire situation. Personnel will also be deployed to the Yukon to assist with an increasing wildfire threat. A total of 137 personnel will be deployed on Monday, June 3, and Tuesday, June 4, 2019, to help where needed throughout Alberta. ...

Smoke from Alberta forest fires covers Northeast B.C.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Heavy smoke from forest fires in Alberta has covered Northeast B.C. The smoke started to roll in Thursday evening, and according to firesmoke.ca, the smoke should be around of most of the day Friday, before winds shift pushing the smoke to the east. The air quality is currently poor, and high-risk residents should avoid strenuous activities...

Category 2 open burning ban to take effect Thursday

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Category 2 open burns will be prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre and that includes all of northeast B.C. The prohibition will take effect at 12 p.m. on Thursday May 23 and will remain in effect until the public is notified. Category 2 fire is considered one of the following: the open burning of any material...

BC sending Forest Firefighters to help in Alberta

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - The Province of B.C. will send 267 wildfire personnel to Alberta to help with firefighting efforts. Firefighters and support staff will start arriving on Wednesday and Thursday and will be deployed as needed in the Province. Of the people being sent, the majority will be firefighters which include the following: two hundred and thirty firefighters (consisting of 10...

High Level put on evacuation alert after forest fire grows to over 69,000 hectares

UPDATE - Part of the community is now under an evacuation order. Here are the full details: http://energeticcity.mystagingwebsite.com/2019/05/part-of-high-level-being-evacuated/ HIGH LEVEL, A.B. - The Town of High Level has issued an evacuation alert for the entire community. The Chuckegg Creek Wildfire is burning approximately 20km south of the community and has grown too over 69,000 hectares in size.  The fire as only...

Brush fire near Mile 64 of the Alaska Highway

UPDATE 7:45 p.m. - The fire is now contained and the Wildfire Service says the fire reached 7 hectares in size and was caused by humans. UPDATE 4:45 p.m.:  The Alaska Highway is open in both directions after being closed for approximately 15 minutes to allow a water bomber to drop retardant on the brush fire.  Crews are still working...

Provincial government ends state of emergency caused by wildfires

VICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government says that thanks to cooler weather and progress in containing the record number of wildfires the province has experienced this summer, it has decided to cancel the provincial state of emergency that was in effect for the entire province. The state of emergency was declared on August 15th and extended last week. Since then,...

Province asking residents to be careful camping this long weekend

VICTORIA, B.C. - The Province is asking residents to be cautious this long weekend when enjoying the outdoors. Campfire bans remain in place for all of B.C. except for here in the B.C. Peace, in the Fort Nelson Forest District and in the "Fog Zone" on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The 2018 fire season is far from over. While...

Rain helping fire crews battling Lutz Creek Fire near Lower Post

WATSON LAKE, Y.T. – Firefighters with the BC Wildfire Service are getting some help from Mother Nature in the battle against the Lutz Creek Fire, which is burning near Lower Post. The fire, which merged with the nearby Blue River Fire last week, now sits at an estimated 100,799 hectares, roughly 5,000 hectares less than the previous estimate. The Wildfire Service...

Campfires to be allowed once again in Northeast B.C. starting Tuesday

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - The BC Wildfire Service says that campfires will once again be allowed in the Fort Nelson and Peace Forest Districts, effective at noon on Tuesday, August 28th. The Wildfire Service says that a combination of more seasonal weather conditions with rainfall and cooler temperatures, along with a decrease in the fire danger rating, have reduced the...

Several buildings in Lower Post burned as Lutz Creek Fire balloons to over 100,000 heactares

WATSON LAKE, Y.T. - At least three homes in the community of Lower Post along the Alaska Highway have been consumed by the Lutz Creek Fire, which has merged with the nearby Blue River Fire and ballooned to 106,000 hectares. The BC Wildfire Service says that there are currently 41 firefighters, four helicopters, and three pieces of heavy equipment battling...

Northeast B.C. could see more fires due to possible lightning and aggressive wind

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Though Northeast B.C. hasn't experienced the same amount of wildfires as the rest of the province, B.C. is still burning up. Since April 1st, the province has seen 1,937 wildfires which have collectively burned through 629,000 hectares worth of land. Over 3,738 personnel and 238 aircraft are currently working on 563 active wildfires across the...

Air quality health index in Fort St. John rated 10+ this morning

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Data from the B.C. Ministry of Environment shows that the air quality health index in Fort St. John as of 6:00 a.m. Wednesday was rated 10-plus due to the presence of thick smoke in the air. A smoky skies bulletin that was issued by the Ministry of Environment remains in effect for Northeast B.C. today. As...

Alaska Highway closed from Coal River to Yukon Border

UPDATE - As of 3 p.m. August 22 - The Highway is open to single lane alternating traffic with flagger and with pilot car. UPDATE - As of August 22, the Highway remains closed from Coal River to the Yukon Border. FORT NELSON, B.C. - The Alaska Highway is closed between Coal River and the Yukon Border due to a forest...

Heavy smoke near wildfires in Central Interior grounding firefighting aircraft

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Officials with the BC Wildfire Service say that while fire crews got some cooler temperatures over the past few days, the heavy smoke covering the province is causing complications for those battling the flames from the air. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that some of the helicopters and air...

Fort St. John Co-op to match Red Cross wildfire donations

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Co-op is currently accepting donations to the Red Cross in support of B.C. wildfire evacuees, and will be matching all donations it receives. Co-op General Manager Brad Lussier said that residents wishing to make a donation to the Red Cross can do so at both Co-op locations in Fort St. John...

Dawson Creek to open reception centre for those evacuated due to forest fires

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. -  The City of Dawson Creek will open a reception centre for anyone evacuated due to forest fires. According to the post on Facebook, the City will open the reception centre at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, August 18 at the Dawson Creek Fire Department.  The centre will be set up to assist any residents evacuated from their homes...

Charlie Lake and Pouce Coupe sending firefighters to help fight forest fires

CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. - More Firefighters from northeast B.C. are headed to help fight forest fires in other areas of B.C. The Peace River Regional District has sent volunteers from the Charlie Lake Fire Department to Burns Lake.  The Department will send tender three and two volunteers to help in the wildfire response.   According to the PRRD, they will be...

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