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REPORTING · 16th August 2010
Evan Jennings
When you step outside what is the first thing you notice? Haze, haze and more haze. Everywhere you look it’s there. Almost all of the surrounding mountains are gone, only the closest remain.

You may be wondering what the problem is, and if you have been keeping up with everything on the site you’ll be able to answer this right away. Forest fires all around us, starting up or flaring up larger.

The largest fire in the north affecting us right now is the one near Dease Lake on the Cassiar Highway. This fire has been burning since July 27th and is approximately 25 000 hectares in size. To read more on this fire, CLICK HERE and HERE.

A new fire was discovered last night around 7 PM near New Aiyansh. The Northwest Fire Centre put an immediate request in for an air tanker, but due to regulations needing the tankers to be landed by 8 PM, they had to wait until morning.

This morning they brought in the air tanker as well and released retardant on all four sides of the fire. The fire is at Rank 1 and 2 which means it is currently in a smouldering state. There are however, structures downwind of the fire which are being filled with smoke. We will post more details on this fire when they become available

Around the Lakes District there have been a few fires burning. The larger fire is at Brinta Lake, 37 km south-west of Fraser Lake, which was discovered on July 28 and is approximately 2000 hectares in size. The smaller fire is at Poplar Lake, 20 km west of Francois Lake, which was discovered on August 1 and is approximately 300 hectares in size. To read more on these fires CLICK HERE

All of these fires have been deemed either caused by lightning or still under investigation. As another reminder to everyone that there is a complete ban on all open fires, including campfires and tiki-torches. This ban is estimated to last well into September. Anybody caught lighting OR even sitting around a campfire will receive a $345 fine. If you are determined to be the cause of a forest fire, you will either be given a one million dollar fine, or a jail sentence of three years and paying all firefighting costs.

Another main danger and a possible cause to a wildfire is people throwing their cigarette butts out the window while they drive. If you are caught doing this, the same rules will apply as well as littering laws can come into effect.

We will keep the site updated with any changes to any of the fires or any new ones that spring up.
Sleeping Beauty Mountain has all but disappeared.
Sleeping Beauty Mountain has all but disappeared.
The skies are the most hazey towards the Nass because of a fire that start up last night.
The skies are the most hazey towards the Nass because of a fire that start up last night.
Thornhill Mountain is even a little unclear to the eye.
Thornhill Mountain is even a little unclear to the eye.