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NEWS RELEASE · 12th August 2010
Northwest Fire Centre
Due to the forecasted hot and dry weather within the area, increased fire behaviour is expected on the Cassiar Highway fire.

Due to the predicted increase in fire behaviour, those living in communities nearest the fire will notice an increase of smoke in the air, and will likely see columns of smoke from the fire.

Sixty fire fighters have been working on the northern flank of the fire, creating fire guards with heavy equipment. These fire guards are fuel free lines that will tie into lakes or swamps to minimise the fire’s growth to the north.

On Thursday heavy equipment will be working along the highway to remove danger trees. Due to the fire weakening trees in the area, trees that could have the potential to fall across the road will be removed.

Structure protection has been placed on cabins within the area, and specialists are assessing nearby communities.

Resources will work from the highway and create control lines with machine guard. This will potentially allow for more significant highway openings and minimize the fire’s growth in a northerly direction.

Rain in the area reduced fire behaviour yesterday; however the southwest flank of the fire remained active, with further growth in this direction. Favourable weather conditions and a less volatile fuel type help reduce the fire’s growth towards the north and east.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will be having temporary openings with pilot cars that may occur if conditions are safe, most likely between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. These openings may be cancelled or postponed at any time due to fire conditions. Travellers should be prepared for long waits with adequate fuel and supplies. For more information on the status of the highway, please visit www.drivebc. ca

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.