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BC Hydro customers in North Peace still without power

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- As of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 2,800 BC Hydro customers are without power in the Fort St. John and the surrounding area. 20 additional crews are arriving into Fort St. John today and tomorrow to help put the power back on. Spokesperson Bob Gammer said the bulk of the homes without power are north of the...

Beatton Airport Road Fire update – April 23 – 12 p.m.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -  An evacuation alert remains in place for the Beatton Airport Road Fire, 50km north west of Fort St. John. According to the latest update, the fire is still 6,300 hectares and only 5 per cent contained.  The Forest Service expects the area to receive 5 to 10 mm of rain.  There are 53 B.C. Wildfire...

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...

This year’s wildfire season in B.C. has so far seen more fires than in 2017

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – While the wet weather in Northeast B.C. during the first half of the summer helped keep the area`s fire danger rating relatively low the same can’t be said for the rest of the province, where hundreds of wildfires are currently raging. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre says that so far...

Nine new forest fires in the B.C. Peace since Friday

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Forest firefighters and local residents continue to work new fires that started Saturday in the B.C. Peace. At least seven new fires have started in the last 24 hours.  We are still awaiting official information from the Forest Service, as of 8 a.m., they have not returned our messages from Saturday or this morning. Here is the...

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...

North Peace and Williston regions added to Smoky Skies Bulletin

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Ministry of Environment has once again amended the Smoky Skies Bulletin in effect across the province. The North Peace and Williston regions are now both included in the bulletin, which is in effect until further notice. The Minsitry of Environment says that smoke concentrations will vary widely due to changes in winds, fire behaviour and...

No wildfires of note currently burning in Northeast B.C.

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – While the BC Wildfire Service is busy responding to wildfires that have erupted across the rest of the province in recent weeks, there are currently no wildfires of note burning in the Peace and Fort Nelson regions. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says that so far this year, there have been 403 wildfires in the Prince...

More information on fires released

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- More information has been provided on the current state in the Peace River Regional District by the City of Fort St. John's Director of Strategic Services. Alerts are active in Charlie Lake, South Taylor Hill, Baldonnel and Hudson's Hope, while three actual evacuation orders have been issued officially in Baldonnel, South Taylor Hill and Charlie...

Containment burns causing smoke in the area of Fort St. John

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Firefighters continue to burn containment lines near the Beatton Airport Road and Siphon Creek fires creating large columns of smoke and increasing smoke in some areas. On Saturday, crews were successful in removing areas of fuel near the Beatton Airport Road Fire, by burning to containment lines. This activity will continue as the weather window presents...

Siphon Creek forest fire crosses into Alberta

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Siphon Creek wildfire, north-east of Fort St. John, has crossed the Alberta border. Fire Information Officer Emily Epp with B.C. Wildfire Services says it crossed earlier Thursday afternoon. Epp says B.C. fire fighters will fight both on both sides of the border to relieve Alberta fire crews, letting them focus on Fort McMurray. No word on how far the...

Wildfire Service helping Fort Nelson Fire Department fight wildfire

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. https://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo/status/995111625911713792 FORT NELSON, B.C....

Firefighters call for backup battling Peace Region fires

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- The BC Wildfire Services says backup has been called in for fires in the Peace Region, as all the resources are being used to fight them right now. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says 21 fires are burning in the Fort St. John Zone, and 16 in the Dawson Creek Zone. She confirmed there is a 3,000...

PRRD declares state of local emergency in Electoral Area B

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- The Peace River Regional District has declared a state of local emergency for Electoral Area B. The declaration is due to wildfire and interface fires occurring in the district. The Regional District says the emergency requires 'prompt coordination of action or special regulation of persons or property to protect the health, safety or welfare of people or...

LIVE BLOG – Fort McMurray evacuated

FORT MCMURRAY, A.B. - As Fort McMurray deals with devastating disaster, the Canadian Press is running Live Blog with updates about the situation in the community. Residents remain evacuated as of 12 p.m. and officials have confirmed over 1,600 structures in the community have been destroyed by the fire. Follow the blog below for updates around the clock.

Warm weather causing forest fires to flare up

UPDATE:  As of 9 p.m. Sunday, the Voight Creek fire is now 85 per cent contained and 31 hectares in size.  The Clearview fire is now 75 per cent contained and 48 hectares in size.  Power has been restored to residents in the area of those fires.  Crews continue to fight both fires. ORIGINAL STORY FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Warm weather...

Siphon Creek wildfire no longer wildfire of note

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Siphon Creek wildfire is no longer a wildfire of note after it was deemed not a threat to communities. Amanda Reynolds with BC Wildfire Services says the fire still sits at 80% containment. The decrease of fire activity also was a reason behind the fire being downgraded. Crews have completed scanning and have taken equipment...

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...
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