Tuesday afternoon’s thunder storms ignited two fires of note within the Northwest Fire Centre.
The first fire of note is approximately five hectares and is located 17 kilometres south of the Yukon border. This fire is burning 2 kilometres west of Highway 37 at kilometre 714 along the highway. This 19-hectare fire is burning within a volatile fuel type with very few natural breaks in the fuel. Yesterday, airtankers lay retardant around 75 percent of the fire. Today 24 additional fire fighters are en-route to work to contain the fire. Airtankers will continue to work to complete retardant around the rest of this fire today.
The second fire of note is burning west of the community of Decker Lake and is approximately one hectare. The resources working to contain this fire today include 20 fire fighters, two forest officers, heavy equipment, airtankers and two helicopters.
The Northwest Fire Centre is expecting more thunderstorms in the region again today with the potential for lightning to ignite additional wildfires. The public needs to exercise due diligence with all sources of heat as our resources are devoted to suppressing natural lightning caused fires.
The Northwest Fire Centre is responsible for fire suppression and forest protection for an area that stretches from Burns Lake to the Queen Charlotte Islands and from Tweedsmuir Park to the Yukon border.
If you see flames, smoke, or an abandoned campfire, please call *5555 on a cell phone or 1 800-663-5555. For the latest information on fire activity, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at www.bcwildfire.ca
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