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UPDATE: Homes evacuated due to fire in Baldonnel

BALDONNEL, B.C. -- Firefighters are on the scene of a fire in Baldonnel, near 249 road and Baldonnel road.   The blaze started Monday afternoon. Posted by 100.1 Moose FM - Fort St. John's Energetic Country! on Monday, April 18, 2016   More updates will be posted as more information about this fire is gathered. UPDATE: According to crews on scene, the fire has jumped south of...

Two wildfires burning near the Monkman Provincial Park: District of Tumbler Ridge

TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. - The District of Tumbler Ridge says there are two wildfires burning near the Monkman Provincial Park. "One is approximately 25 hectares in size and 8 kilometers from the park campground, the other is approximately 7.5 hectares in size and is located inside the park itself. At this time, they have both been determined to be lightening...

Williams Lake wildfire evacuation order downgraded to evacuation alert

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. - The evacuation order for Williams Lake has been downgraded to evacuation alert. The Cariboo Regional District says residents are able to come home but should also consider a few points. "Before deciding to return, residents are encouraged to consider that wildfire activity continues in the area, air quality remains poor and the area is still on...

Evacuation order and alert in place for South Taylor

TAYLOR, B.C. - The Peace River Regional District has issued an evacuation order and an evacuation alert for the South Taylor area. The evacuation order affects the following area: Pingle Creek Road 232 Road (Lythall Road) Travis Subdivision 2477 Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) The evacuation alert affects the following area: 2657 HIGHWAY 97 2582 247 RD 2637 HIGHWAY 97 2675 247...

LIVE BLOG – Forest Fire Updates from Fort St. John

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Below is a live blog with updates from Fort St. John and area.  The blog will load below. This blog will provide the most up to date information possible of the forest fire situation around Fort St. John. If you have information to share, email [email protected] or post it in the blog below. Click Here for the...

Fire Crews Urge Public To Stay Away From Fires Near Fort St. John

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As the weather gets increasing warmer and drier in the BC Peace Region, fire crews say that planning controlled burnout operations isn’t the most challenging issue they face. Fire Information Officer Marg Drysdale gave an update on the Beatton Airport Road fire to Energeticcity.ca this morning. Drysdale says that crews have already begun controlled burnout...

South Taylor Hill fire mostly out, says Fire Chief

TAYLOR, B.C. -- The District of Taylor's Fire Chief has confirmed that the fire on the South Taylor Hill is '98 per cent out.' "We've got a little area that's still burning, but it's Foresty's issue. We've got manpower working it," Fire Chief Edward Albury told Energeticcity.ca. "Other than that, South Taylor Hill looks good. There's nothing of concern right...

Halfway River Fire Grows 600 Hectares Over The Weekend

HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Crews fighting the Halfway River Fire faced an uphill battle with hot and dry conditions this past weekend. The fire, which is burning approximately thirty kilometres north east of Hudson’s Hope, grew by 600 hectares on Sunday, and now occupies an area of approximately 2,000 hectares. The 86 firefighters, 5 helicopters, and 3 pieces of heavy...

Evacuation order rescinded for South Taylor Hill

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. -- The Peace River Regional District has rescinded their evacuation order for the South Taylor Hill area. However, an evacuation alert will remain in place for: Johnson Road Big Bam Road 249 Road off Johnson Road 249 Road off 230 Road Pingle Creek Road 232 Road (Lythall Road) Travis Subdivision 230 Road west of the Alaska Highway...

Two more suspicious fires in Fort Nelson

FORT NELSON, B.C. – Crews in Fort Nelson are trying to figure out who or what caused two suspicious fires over the past couple of days. At around 8:00 p.m. on Friday night, a call was made to the Northern Rockies Fire Rescue reporting that there was a fire in a log pile by the Muskwa River near the highway...

Fort St. John Salvation Army lends emergency vehicle to serve meals for those impacted by wildfires

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Salvation Army in Fort St. John has sent an Emergency Vehicle to serve meals to those that have been impacted by the ongoing wildfire situation. Kim Maandag is the interim Ministry Lead at the Fort St. John Salvation army as well as the Dawson Creek Salvation Army. "Whenever there is a disaster or incident of...

UPDATE: Highway 52 closed due to fire

UPDATE:  Forest Fire 15 km south of Arras. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Local traffic only. Pilot car controlled. Updated on Tue Apr 19 at 6:11 pm PDT. (ID# 219963) ARRAS, B.C. -- Highway 52 is closed in both directions 15 km south of Arras because of a Forest Fire, also closed at Tumbler Ridge and...

Beatton Airport Road Fire Evacuation Alert RESCINDED

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Beatton Airport Road fire evacuation alert has been rescinded for the following areas. "Effective May 20, 2016 at 1030 hours, the Peace River Regional District is rescinding (lifting) the Evacuation Alert for the Beatton Airport Road area (fire G80046) in Electoral Area B • Intersection of Blueberry River Railroad Crossing, including the CN rail bridge....

Fire scorches BC Hydro’s transmission structures

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- BC Hydro says a 3,000-hectare wildfire by the Beatton Airport Road has damaged a 138,000 volt transmission line -- which caused a power outage to nearly 3,000 customers in the North Peace. Power is out in Prespatou, Milligan Creek, Charlie Lake, Montney and Upper Halfway. The power went out around 7 p.m. last night. The line runs from...

Wildfire situation slowly improving

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - After rain and snow hit the Peace River region over the weekend, the wildfire situation is becoming more controlled. The Siphon Creek Wildfire still sits at 85,350 hectares. The fire has a 40% containment rate. There are currently no alerts in place. The B.C. Wildfire Service says work will continue today although wind could cause some...

Small businesses impacted by wildfires can access emergency funding

VICTORIA, B.C. - Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson has announced that small businesses that have been impacted by the ongoing wildfire situation will be able to access emergency funding. Delivered through the Canadian Red Cross, a $1,500 emergency grant is available to eligible small businesses, First Nations whose livelihood is based on cultural practices, and...

SPCA temporary housing for pets during wildfires

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- The BCSPCA is offering temporary shelter for their animals while fires threaten multiple homes in the area. Branch Manager Candace Buchamer says there is limited space, and they are working out more solutions today. The SPCA has found volunteers to help during the state of emergency. She says the SPCA is asking for of large or extra...

More BC Firefighters heading to Alberta

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - To help with the current wildfire situations in Alberta, the B.C. Wildfire Service is sending 80 more crew. 100 crew arrived on Wednesday, May 25. Four unit crews with 79 firefighters are expected to arrive in Hinton, Alberta this Sunday. After a briefing when they arrive on Sunday, they will head to the Horse River Wildfire...
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