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NEWS RELEASE · 13th July 2010
Northwest Fire Centre
Since last Thursday, the Northwest Fire Centre has responded to four new fires within the region.

Fire fighters, helicopters and airtankers remained on standby over the weekend in anticipation of new fire starts. Thankfully, all of the fires were reported early, and were all contained at less than two-hectares in size.

Two of the four fires are confirmed as lightning caused, while the others remain under investigation. The Northwest Fire Centre would like to thank the public who remained cautious with their campfires during the unseasonably warm temperatures.

Smoke from the Sheslay River fire that is burning west of Dease and Lake and Telegraph Creek increased significantly during the warm weather. Due to forecasted cooler temperatures as well as some precipitation this week, it is likely that the fire behaviour will be reduced this week, meaning that there should be less smoke in the neighbouring communities.

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.

Although campfires are still permitted, under new regulations they cannot be larger than 0.5 metres in height or diameter. All other fires are currently prohibited in the Northwest Fire Centre except for the North Coast and Haida Gwaii forest districts. The public is reminded that breaking a ban can result in a $345 fine.

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 www.bcwildfire.ca. For Facebook and Twitter updates, as well as details about evacuation orders and alerts, road conditions and air quality advisories, go to www.firesafebc.ca.