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Power outages close schools in the Peace

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- Due to power outages across the Peace region, multiple rural elementary schools are closed today. Reports also have said that Upper Pine and Upper Halfway elementary schools are closed as well. https://twitter.com/sd60/status/722434087353393152 https://twitter.com/sd60/status/722433354822320128 https://twitter.com/sd60/status/722428408999718913 The school district plans to re-open schools on Wednesday, given that it's safe to do so. BC Hydro says, "Crews continue to work throughout the day to restore...

Beatton Airport Road Fire Update – April 22 – 11 a.m.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- There are 9 IMT members, 55 BC Wildfire firefighters, 10 SPUs, 36 BC Hydro personnel, 4 pieces of heavy equipment, and 2 helicopters assigned to the Beatton Airport Road fire. Fire information officer Noelle Kekula says the fire is 6,300 hectares in size. However, she stressed, it’s not growing in size. She says smoke and fog made confirming the perimeters of...

Baldonnel residents thank community for help evacuating

BALDONNEL, B.C. -- A local family is extending their thanks to the community after it stepped up to help them in their time of need. Miriam and Marty Kjos said that the fire that sparked in Baldonnel on Monday came to the edge of their property, and multiple people and companies came to their help to evacuate them and their livestock. Feeling...

More fires start in the Peace Region

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- A fire just one kilometre away from Milligan Creek, near Rose Prairie, is about a quarter of a hectare in size right now, says Fire Information Officer Emily Epp. The BC Wildfire Service suspects this fire was caused by a person. Another fire, near Farmington, is currently three hectares in size, and another one southwest...

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...

Category two fire ban goes into effect today

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Effective noon on Saturday, category two open fires and the use of fireworks will be prohibited within the Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson fire zones. The BC Wildfire Service is implementing these prohibitions to help prevent wildfires sparked by Category 2 burns, due to dry and windy conditions in the forecast. These prohibitions...

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...

Fire update: Beatton Airport Road fire grows to 9,500 hectares

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- The fire near Beatton Airport Road is now reportedly 9,500 hectares in size. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds confirmed that 87 firefighters have been assigned to this fire, along with five helicopters and heavy equipment. The Siphon Creek fire is 9,000 hectares in size, with 30 firefighters and three helicopters assigned to it. BC has agreed...

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...

Crews continuing battle against Buckinghorse fire

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Wildfire Service crews are continuing the battle against a wildfire that erupted Monday near the Alaska Highway north of Buckinghorse River. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says that firefighters are at the scene of the fire, which is located near Trutch Mountain. Reynolds said that an air tanker was used throughout the day Monday...

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...

Northeast B.C. Wildfire update

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - While the fire danger rating in the Peace Region is now between high and extreme there are still no new fires in the area. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds explained that the closest fire to Fort St. John is 124 kilometres away, west of Silver Lake. Reynolds added that the fire is currently being monitored...

LISTEN: 6,400 customers without power at peak of outage: BC Hydro

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- BC Hydro has added up its losses and added up the number of repairs following a wind storm and wildfire damage in the northeastern part of the province. As reported earlier the storm actually came from the coastal region, but most of the Hydro damage and customer service restoration work was done here in the Peace Region. Spokesperson Bob...

Open burning restriced in Prince George Fire Centre

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. --  Taking affect tomorrow at noon, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. All Category 2 or Category 3 fires must be extinguished by then. Specifically, prohibited activities will include the burning of any waste, slash or other materials, stubble or grass fires of...

Lightning causes more forest fire starts

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Twenty new forest fires started on Saturday within the boundaries of the Prince George Fire Centre. The majority of the new fire starts were in the Fort Nelson area. Most of the new fires were started by lightning and are not threatening any structures.  There are now over 80 forest fires in the Prince Goerge...

Peace Region could begin to see smoke clear later this week

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Officials with the BC Wildfire Service say that residents in Northeast B.C. could begin to see some of the smoke from wildfires burning in the rest of the province begin to dissipate later this week, though they aren’t offering any guarantees. B.C.'s Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnik spoke during a joint press conference this...

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...

Evacuation alert remains in place for Baldonnel

BALDONNEL, B.C. -- Because of the potential danger to life and health, the Peace River Regional District has kept an evacuation alert for Baldonnel in place, for the following areas: 242 Road between the 249 Road and the 241 Road 241 Road between the 2424 Road and the 283 Road Just north of the 283 Road between the 241...

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