Smoke from four separate wildfires in the Northwest Fire Centre is visible to the communities of Dease Lake, Telegraph Creek and Iskut.
A new fire that started as a result of lightning on the weekend is producing smoke visible to Dease Lake and the surrounding area. This fire is estimated at 400 hectares in size and is located north of Stikine Canyon, 25 kilometres west of Highway 37.
Smoke from a fire burning northeast of Bulkley Lake may be visible from certain locations on Highway 37 and Telegraph Creek Road. The 200-hectare, lightning-caused fire is approximately 30 kilometres northeast of the community of Telegraph Creek.
Two other lightning-caused fires may also be producing a large amount of smoke: an approximately 100-hectare fire is 57 kilometres from Telegraph Creek near the Shesley River, while another 1,425-hectare fire is burning between Atlin and Dease Lake.
All of these fires are under modified response, which means they are being monitored but are allowed to burn to capitalize on the ecological benefits of naturally occurring wildfires. This type of response is in accordance with the Mount Edziza Provincial Park and Skeena/Stikine Forest District Fire Management Plans, which specify that wildfire responses must be respectful of the environment and landscape to preserve the natural habitat and meet land management objectives.
Each fire remains under careful observation by Northwest Fire Centre staff to ensure it does not spread beyond the points specified by the land manager.
The Northwest Fire Centre has responded to 27 fires since April 1, burning a total of 2,039 hectares. Of these fires, 21 have been caused by people and are therefore preventable. Fire danger ratings in the northwestern portion of the fire centre are high to extreme, while the southern portion of the fire centre is currently moderate to high.
It is crucial that the public plays it safe with any open fire use, whether enjoying a campfire or cleaning up backyard debris. If you see flames, smoke or an abandoned campfire, please report it by calling *5555 on your cell or phoning 1 800 663-5555.
For more information on wildfires or burning restrictions, visit www.bcwildfire.ca
or call toll-free to 1 888 3-FOREST.