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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...

Wildfire Service crews battling group of fires near Lower Post

WATSON LAKE, Y.T. - BC Wildfire Service crews are battling a group of wildfires that are burning near Lower Post, which is located southeast of Watson Lake along the Alaska Highway. The Wildfire Service says that the Lutz Creek Fire, which is approximately 14 kilometres southwest of Lower Post, has grown to 40 hectares in size fuelled by high winds...

Province asking feds for help in battle against wildfires

VICTORIA, B.C. – The end of the wildfire season in B.C. still weeks away and with no substantial precipitation in the forecast, the provincial government has requested help from the federal government for its firefighting efforts. As of this morning, the 27 evacuation orders currently in effect had forced approximately 3,100 people from their homes. Another 43 evacuation alerts mean that...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Residents urged to be cautious with rising fire danger rating

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Though the Peace Region was exempt from the province's campfire ban, the Prince George Fire Centre is still issuing residents to use caution when having a fire. With the fire danger rating climbing between moderate and high in the Peace Region, any unattended fires could lead to something much worse. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds explained...

Campfires still allowed in Northeast B.C., while bans take affect elsewhere

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - Even with the increased forest fire danger, campfires and open burning are still allowed in the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson forest districts. In other parts of the Prince George Fire Centre as of noon Thursday, all open burning, including campfires, Category 2 open burns and Category 3 open burns, will be prohibited throughout the...

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...

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...

Lightning sparks 51 more fires across Prince George Fire Centre

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – 51 new fires were sparked across the Prince George Fire Centre on Thursday, bringing the total number of new fires that have started in the past two days to 93. Communications Assistant Forrest Tower with the BC Wildfire Service said nearly all of the new fires are suspected to have been caused by lightning after...

Forest fire starts near Fort Nelson First Nation

UPDATE - The fire has grown quickly and the B.C. Wildfire Service says it is now 80 hectares. FORT NELSON, B.C. - Crews are responding to a forest fire near kilometre 10 of the Clarke Lake Road near the Fort Nelson First Nation. The fire broke out Thursday and has not caused any evacuations.  There are two crews working the fire...

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...

Lightning sparks over 40 fires across Prince George Fire Centre

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Officials with the BC Wildfire Service say that thunderstorms sparked more than 40 wildfires across the Prince George Fire Centre. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said that in total, 42 lightning-caused fires were started across the Fire Centre on Wednesday, though most of those were sparked in the Prince George, VanJam, and Mackenzie fire districts. Across...

Wildfire Service cautioning public after person-caused fire erupts near Mackenzie over the weekend

MACKENZIE, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service is cautioning residents in Northeast B.C. about the increasing danger of wildfires with the current heatwave after a wildfire erupted near Mackenzie over the weekend. Prince George Fire Centre Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said that the Lion’s Lake Fire was reported to officials on Saturday and has since grown to around 47...

Province lifts restrictions around the Tommy Lakes fire

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Due to reduced fire activity and recent progress made by firefighting crews, the BC Wildfire Service has rescinded the order to restrict access to the area around the Tommy Lakes Forest Fire. Firefighting personnel no longer need to restrict public access to operate efficiently in the area. The fire is burning about 29 kilometres northeast of...
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