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Monday, March 25, 2019
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Precipitation worries continue on

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- As feared by firefighters, and local area farmers and ranchers, the regional airport weather station has posted another below average monthly precipitation total for April -- the tenth one in the last fiscal year. At 12.5 millimetres, it was only 62.5 per cent of the local average and only one quarter of the 50.1 millimetres received...

Heavy rainfall causing decreased fire activity in the Peace

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Heavy rainfall has caused a drop in activity on many of the wildfires that were sparked across the Peace Region late last week. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds explained that there were 91 active fires in the Prince George Fire Centre on Monday, but most were considered under control or being held. The Clarke Lake Road fire near...

City of Fort St. John sending fire fighters to help with forest fire near Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The City of Fort St. John will be sending three firefighters to help with forest fires near Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek. In a post to Facebook on Thursday, the City said they would be sending three firefighters and a specialized four-wheel-drive wildland fire engine to work with a Structure Projection Specialist and task group...

Wildfire Service issuing outdoor burning precautions with warmer weather

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service is encouraging members of the public to be careful when doing any outdoor burning now that temperatures are rising in northern regions of the province. The Prince George Fire Centre is currently not under any fire prohibitions. However, anyone wishing to light an open fire needs to watch out for changing weather...

Province declares state of emergency as hundreds of wildfires continue to rage across B.C.

VICTORIA, B.C. - The B.C. government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation. Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth made the declaration at 8:30 Wednesday morning based on the recommendation from B.C.'s wildfire and emergency management officials. The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days, once...

As fight continues against wildfires in British Columbia, Fort St. John sends help

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Crews are continuing the battle against numerous wildfires across the province and the City of Fort St. John is sending help. The City of Fort St. John Fire Department will be sending equipment and five firefighters to Williams Lake to assist with the central interior wildfires. “Our family and friends are being impacted by the fires around...

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...

Crews work to contain Beatton Airport Road fire after windy day

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Beatton Airport Road Fire remained near 15,000 hectares after a day of warm weather and strong winds. With gusts up to 45 km/h firefighters were facing another day of challenges with the fire.  The wind was pushing the fire to the north for most of the day. According to the Williams Lake Tribune, a structural protection...

Wet and cold weather brings some relief to wildfires but also causes delays

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - While many were hoping the rain and colder temperatures would help the wildfires, it is actually causing trouble for some. The Siphon Creek Wildfire still sits at 85,300 hectares. But with the winter conditions, work is hard to continue with. "The recent wet and unsettled weather conditions have significantly impeded road access to the fire. Helicopters are...

70 firefighters on Beatton Airport Road fire

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- As of Friday, the Beatton Airport Road Fire is 40 per cent contained. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds confirmed that 70 firefighters are on scene, along with three helicopters bucketing hot spots and heavy equipment. She says similar temperatures and winds were experienced yesterday, but didn't have issues then. Crews are watching the winds closely now. The...

Two schools could remain closed on Wednesday

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - School District 60 says as of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday power has been restored to the Prespatou, Buick Creek and Upper Pine Schools. Power has not been restored at this point to Upper Halfway or Wonowon Schools.  Those schools will remain closed on Wednesday unless power is restored overnight. More updates will be posted in the morning if...

Siphon Creek fire now 7,000 hectares

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- Estimates by the BC Wildfire Service indicate that the Siphon Creek fire is now 7,000 hectares. Four firefighters were on the fire, along with one helicopter. However, the Wildfire Service says crews couldn't continue ground suppression efforts, due to the 'increased fire behaviour.' Now, the wildfire is being monitored by personnel in a helicopter. The Peace River Regional...

Wildfire danger heating up across the province, high risk present in northeast B.C.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - With crews currently battling a 1,200 hectare wildfire just west of 100 Mile House and temperatures expected to remain hot for the province including Fort St. John, The BC Wildfire Service is warning that there may be more fires to come. 18 hours ago, the Gustafsen wildfire was only 500 hectares but it grew rapidly...

Evacuation alert lifted for Hudson’s Hope

HUDSON'S HOPE, B.C. -- The evacuation alert for the District of Hudson's Hope, which was issued on Monday, has been lifted. Though the downtown area is affected by smoke, it's not under  any evacuation alert at this time. No homes or structures are at risk at this time. Other updates from the District include good progress on all fires, less smoke, and only hot spots left...

Campfire ban coming into effect in Northeast B.C. this Saturday

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service says that all open burning, including campfires, will be prohibited across Northeast B.C. this weekend. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that the ban on campfires, Category 2, and Category 3 open fires will be going into effect at noon Pacific time on Saturday, Aug....

One mobile home lost in Siphon Creek fire

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. -- The PRRD’s Chief Administrative Officer Chris Cvik has confirmed that there was one structure loss due to fire in Siphon Creek, near Doig River. A mobile home was lost, though it was unoccupied at the time. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds has confirmed some more structures that were lost in the fires, including two in the South...

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...

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...
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