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NEWS RELEASE · 7th July 2010
Northwest Fire Centre
The Northwest Fire Centre is currently actioning a fire burning near Copper River.

The fire was first reported on July 7, at 2:45 p.m. and is estimated at two hectares in size. The fire is not currently a threat to any communities; however there are some power lines in the vicinity of the fire. Resources currently on site working to contain the fire include 23 firefighters as well as airtankers.

The Northwest Fire Centre has been preparing for the hot and dry weather by placing firefighters and other crucial resources on standby. While the Northwest Fire Centre is in above average temperatures a group of airtankers will also be based out of the Northwest.

Residents of Terrace as well as those who live near the town may see airtankers overhead as the planes work on the fire. The airtankers will work to slow the spread of the fire by dropping fire retardant. This will assist the firefighters with putting a fuel free line around the fire in order to contain it.

The Northwest Fire Centre appreciates the public reporting forest fires early. The smaller the fire is when it is reported, the easier it is for firefighters to catch the fire at less than four hectares in size. If you see flames, smoke or an abandoned campfire, please report it by calling *5555 on your cell or phoning 1 800 663-5555.

The Northwest Fire Centre is responsible for fire suppression and forest protection from Burns Lake to Haida Gwaii and from Tweedsmuir Park to the Yukon border.
For the latest information on fire activity, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at For Facebook and Twitter updates, as well as details about evacuation orders and alerts, road conditions and air quality advisories, go to
Comment by Marg Johnson on 7th July 2010
Thank you for all your hard work in protecting our forests and communities. I'm sitting at home in front of a fan and am still boiling in this heat. I can't even imagine how hot it must be for the firefighters pulling that duty with all their gear on as well.

We truly appreciate your commitment and efforts. Thank you.