There is no direct threat to residents of Gitlaxt’aamiks and no anticipated requirement to evacuate any residents.
There are many natural fire breaks in the area that will prevent the fires from reaching the village of Gitlaxt’aamiks and Vetter Lodge.
The fire is located on a ridge approximately 2.5 kilometers southeast of Gitlaxt’aamiks and 700 meters northeast from Vetter Lodge. It is suspected that the fire was started from recent lightning strikes in the area. The fire is currently approximately 5 hectares and with low winds expected to continue, it is expected that current efforts to contain the fire will be successful.
The Ministry of Forests deployed a 5 man Initial Attack Crew (I.A. Crew) and the Gitlaxt’aamiks Fire Department also responded to the site. This morning the Ministry of Forest air tankers dropped fire retardant in two spots and are available as necessary. There is currently a helicopter bucketing hot spots at the site, which will continue throughout the day.
Volunteers with training and personal equipment are encouraged to register with the Gitlaxt’aamiks Village Government and will be contacted if further assistance is required.
Residents are also reminded of the province wide fire ban due to hot and dry weather conditions and are encouraged to practice extreme caution.
The Nisga’a Highway remains open and is not expected to close.
Further notices will be posted as information becomes available. Please visit www.nnkn.ca
for updated information.