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Tommy Lakes Road and Beatton River fires merge, grow to over 11,000 hectares

UPDATE - This fire has now caused an area north of Prespatou to be evacuated. Click here for more details. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two fires burning north of Fort St. John have merged into one large wildfire, which has grown from a combined 4,000 hectares to over 11,000 hectares. According to Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds the Tommy Lakes...

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...

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...

Tommy Lakes Forest Fire grows to over 20,000 hectares

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Tommy Lakes fire that caused residents north of Prespatou to be evacuated Saturday night, is now over 20,000 hectares in size. According to an update posted Sunday morning by the B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire is now 20,000 hectares and approximately 29 km northeast of Mile 109 of the Alaska Highway.  Officials are still...

Several new wildfires burning near Fort St. John

UPDATE #2: Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said that the two confirmed fires burning near Cecil Lake have been extinguished. Reynolds explained that the other two fires reported in the area were just smoke plumes from the two fires, and that no burning was found. Reynolds added that residents need to ensure they use caution when doing controlled burns. UPDATE:...

Tommy Lakes Forest Fire causes evacuation at north of Prespatou

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Tommy Lakes Forest Fire which is now over 11,000 hectares has caused an area north of Prespatou to be evacuated. The evacuation order has been issued by the Peace River Regional District due to immediate wildfire danger. The evacuation order is for a section of Electoral Area B pictured below. The area starts at the junction...

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...

Seven new forest fires start in the Peace; all human caused

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The B.C. Wildfire Service responded to seven new forest fires on Saturday that were all human-caused. The largest fire was south of Pouce Coupe and reached 10 hectares in size.  Crews from the B.C. Wildfire Service, the Pouce Coupe Volunteer Fire Department and a crew from Alberta all responded to the fire.  Two tankers were...

Fort St. John wakes up to smoky haze after thunderstorm Wednesday night

UPDATE: Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that a shift in the wind during the overnight hours has caused the smoke from fires burning north of Fort St. John to drift over the city. She said that so far this morning, crews conducting aerial patrols have not noticed any new fires caused by...

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...

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...

Forest fires in Northwest B.C. causing heavy smoke in the Peace Region

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada on Tuesday due to large amounts of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today. According to Firesmoke.ca, the excessive smoke is coming from a number of large fires burning in Northwest B.C. A map of all active wildfires on...

Crews continuing battles against North Peace wildfires

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Firefighters with the BC Wildfire Service are continuing the fight against four major wildfires burning north of Fort St. John. Of the four large wildfires burning within the Peace River Regional District’s boundaries, crews are most concerned about a pair of fires burning in the Nig Creek area. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said that...

Lightning sparks several new fires near Pink Mountain

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service says that the combination of thunderstorms and dry conditions has caused several wildfires to erupt north of Fort St. John. According to the manager of the Buffalo Inn in Pink Mountain, the fire was first noticed at around 1:00 Thursday afternoon and has since grown at a rapid pace. The fire...

Firefighters working forest fire near Buckinghorse along the Alaska Highway

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The B.C. Wildfire service is working to extinguish a forest fire near Buckinghorse and the Alaska Highway. The fire started Monday afternoon and is near Trutch Mountain along the Alaska Highway.  The B.C. Wildfire Service has traffic control crews in the area monitoring smoke conditions.  Motorists should expect delays if they plan to travel in the...

Tommy Lakes fire grows to over 19,500 hectares, forces evacuation of 78 residents

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says that the Tommy Lakes Fire continues to burn north of Fort St. John and has now grown to over 19,000 hectares, forcing 78 area residents from their homes. Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after conducting an aerial survey yesterday, the Wildfire Service now estimates the size of the...

BC Wildfire Service bringing additional personnel to tackle fires north of Fort St. John

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service will be bringing in more crews today to respond to a number of fires that flared up north of Fort St. John on Tuesday. Amanda Reynolds, Fire Information Officer with the Prince George Fire Centre, says that hot and windy conditions on Tuesday helped to fan the flames of several spot...

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...

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