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Province to match Red Cross donations for B.C. residents affected by wildfires

VICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government says that it will match all donations up to $20 million received by the Canadian Red Cross in support of residents affected by the wildfires that are burning around B.C. "The Red Cross is on the ground, helping people and communities affected by the wildfires burning around the province," said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary...

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....

No homes or oil and gas properties currently being threatened by wildfires in Northeast B.C.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Officials with the BC Wildfire Service say that compared to what is occurring in the rest of the province, the wildfire situation in Northeast B.C. is relatively tame. According to Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre, there are only a couple of fires larger than 1,000 hectares currently burning in...

Red Cross now accepting donations for B.C. Wildfire victims

VICTORIA, B.C. - With over 560 forest fires burning in B.C., the Canadian Red Cross has launched an appeal for donations. The donations will go to support those people impacted by this summers wildfires.  The Canadian Red Cross works alongside the Province of British Columbia, local authorities, and First Nations leadership to plan how to help those affected by the...

Wildfire burning near Lower Post sees massive growth fueled by windy conditions

WATSON LAKE, Y.T. - Officials with the BC Wildfire Service say that a wildfire burning southwest of Lower Post, which is located along the Alaska Highway southeast of Watson Lake, has seen massive growth in the past day. In an update posted on Twitter, the Wildfire Service said that the Lutz Creek Fire, which is approximately 11 kilometres southwest of...

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...

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...

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