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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...

Province restricts access to area near Tommy Lakes wildfire

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Province of B.C. has put an area restriction in place for Crown land near the Tommy Lakes wildfire.The fire is still listed at over 20,000 hectares in size and is approximately 29 km northeast of Mile 109 of the Alaska Highway.  This area restriction has been put in place to address public-safety concerns arising...

Tommy Lakes Forest Fire grows to over 20,000 hectares

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Tommy Lakes fire that caused residents north of Prespatou to be evacuated Saturday night, is now over 20,000 hectares in size.According to an update posted Sunday morning by the B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire is now 20,000 hectares and approximately 29 km northeast of Mile 109 of the Alaska Highway.  Officials are still...

Tommy Lakes Forest Fire causes evacuation at north of Prespatou

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Tommy Lakes Forest Fire which is now over 11,000 hectares has caused an area north of Prespatou to be evacuated.The evacuation order has been issued by the Peace River Regional District due to immediate wildfire danger. The evacuation order is for a section of Electoral Area B pictured below.The area starts at the junction...

Tommy Lakes Road and Beatton River fires merge, grow to over 11,000 hectares

UPDATE - This fire has now caused an area north of Prespatou to be evacuated. Click here for more details.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two fires burning north of Fort St. John have merged into one large wildfire, which has grown from a combined 4,000 hectares to over 11,000 hectares.According to Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds the Tommy Lakes...

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...

Firefighters begin attack on wildfires in the North Peace

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Firefighters with the BC Wildfire Service are beginning their attacks on several wildfires that have quickly grown in size north of Fort St. John this week.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds says that two Incident Management Teams are due to arrive in Fort St. John in the next couple of days to begin battling wildfires...
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