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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GEORGE, B.C. - Due to reduced fire activity and recent progress made by firefighting crews, the BC Wildfire Service has rescinded the order to restrict access to the area around the Tommy Lakes Forest Fire.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...

Tommy Lakes Fire now 70 percent contained

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with the BC Wildfire Service say that cold, rainy weather over the past few days has allowed firefighters to gain the upper hand in the battle against the largest wildfire currently burning in the province. Fire Information Officer Ken Juvik says that firefighters have managed to increase the containment around the 22,000-hectare Tommy Lakes...

Tommy Lake Fire now 40 percent contained

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Tommy Lakes Wildfire is now 40 percent contained.  According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire is now 22,000 hectares and did receive some rain on Saturday. The cooler temperatures and decreased wind, have enabled firefighters to get the upper hand and contain the fire. There are 234 firefighters building and reinforcing guard working to...

Cool weather continues to help firefighters working the Tommy Lake Fire

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The cool weather continues to help firefighters working the Tommy Lakes Forest Fire. While the fire remains 20% contained, there was no growth of the fire on Friday even though the fire did not receive any rain. The cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity continue to aid fire suppression efforts. There are 216 firefighters building and reinforcing...

Category 2 fires allowed once again in Northeast B.C.

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The Prince George Fire Centre says that Category 2 fires will once again be permitted this weekend across the entire Fire Centre’s area, including the B.C. Peace Region. Category 2 fires, which consist of fires that are smaller than two metres high and three metres wide, will be allowed as of noon on Saturday, June 2nd....

Crews increase containment on Tommy Lakes Fire

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service says that firefighters continue to make headway against the Tommy Lakes Fire north of Fort St. John, doubling the amount of containment on the fire compared to Thursday. The BC Wildfire Service said on its website that the 22,583-hectare wildfire is now 20 percent contained. There are 232 firefighters, eight helicopters,...

Fire crews fighting Tommy Lakes Fire continue to get help from Mother Nature

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Firefighters with the BC Wildfire Service say that Mother Nature appears to be on their side right now in their fight against the Tommy Lakes Fire burning approximately 150 kilometres north of Fort St. John. Fire Information Officer Ellie Dupont says that the fire, which is still the largest burning in B.C., has been reassessed...

PRRD lifts evacuation order near Tommy Lakes Fire

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has rescinded the evacuation order that had been in effect for the area near the Tommy Lakes Fire north of Fort St. John. The PRRD issued the evacuation order last Saturday after high winds fanned the flames of the fire, causing it to grow rapidly over the weekend. The PRRD...

Calmer conditions give firefighters a break battling Tommy Lakes Fire

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fire crews with the BC Wildfire Service say that cooler temperatures and calmer winds have slowed the growth rate of the Tommy Lakes Fire burning north of Fort St. John. Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after several days of intense growth spurred by high winds, the calmer air and cooler temperatures Tuesday have...

Tommy Lakes fire grows to over 19,500 hectares, forces evacuation of 78 residents

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says that the Tommy Lakes Fire continues to burn north of Fort St. John and has now grown to over 19,000 hectares, forcing 78 area residents from their homes. Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after conducting an aerial survey yesterday, the Wildfire Service now estimates the size of the...

Evacuees advised that reception centre moved to North Peace Arena

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Evacuees of two fires - an apartment fire in Fort St. John and a wildfire north of the City - are being advised that they’ll need to report to a new locale. In a post on Facebook, the City of Fort St. John said that the Emergency Support Services reception centre would be moving from...

Tommy Lakes Fire reassessed at just under 17,000 hectares

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service is continuing its battle against the largest wildfire currently burning in this province, which is located about 150 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John. According to the latest update from the Wildfire Service, the Tommy Lake Fire is sitting at 16,954 hectares in size and is zero percent contained. An Incident...

Wildfire Service downgrades status of three wildfires in Northeast B.C. 

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service has downgraded the status of three wildfires burning in Northeast B.C. Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says that while the activity of the Tommy Lake Fire remains intense, fire activity on three other large fires has diminished to the point where the Service no longer considers them wildfires of note.  According to...
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