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NEWS RELEASE · 2nd August 2010
Northwest Fire Centre
Mapping of the fire located 12 kilometres south of the Yukon border on August 2, estimates that the fire’s size is 7971 hectares.

This lightning-caused fire has been burning since Tuesday, and aggressive fire behaviour has pushed the fire to its current size. The Northwest Fire Centre has been working closely with Yukon fire staff to monitor this fire and assist with moving motorists through the area.

With current weather conditions it is expected that the fire will continue to grow, however, the forecasted precipitation next weekend should help reduce fire behaviour. Although the highway is still closed in both directions between Beaverdam Rest Area and the BC/Yukon border, temporary openings are planned for the mornings depending on fire activity. Traffic is escorted through the area while fire officials monitor the fire behaviour from the air. For more information on the status of the highway, please visit www.drivebc.ca.

The analysis of this fire identified some values within the area including some structures. Although these structures are not threatened at this time, structure protection has been set up on the structures. This involves a system of pumps, hoses and sprinklers that can be initiated if the area was to become threatened.

This fire is considered a modified response fire and is burning within continuous Boreal Spruce forest with very few natural breaks. It is expected that this fire will continue to burn for the rest of the summer. Fire officials will continue to monitor the fire against the trigger points identified within the fire analysis.

The Northwest Fire Centre is responsible for fire suppression and forest protection for an area that stretches from Burns Lake to Haida Gwaii 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. 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.