The Tisigar Fire has been more accurately mapped and is approximately 8,400 hectares in size and is displaying minimal fire behaviour.
The minimal fire behaviour is due to cooler weather over the weekend, however next week it is anticipated that with warmer and drier weather, the fire behaviour will increase. Fire management officials are taking advantage of the cooler weather to actively suppress certain areas of the fire.
This natural, lightning-caused fire is under modified response. What that means is that fire management officials will be working to actively suppress the fire only in certain areas where there are values, such as structures, or the highway, but preserving the natural benefits of fire on the landscape.
Fire in this area is a natural part of the forest life-cycle. Fire returns nutrients to the soil and results in new growth as well as creating preferred habitat for many wildlife. Fire also has cleansing properties by removing the build up of fuels, which creates a natural firebreak for future fires. In fact, the fire that was within this area last year acted as a natural fire break for the fire this year.
If you see smoke or a fire, please report it by calling *5555 on your cell phone, or 1-800-663-5555. For more information on wildfires in British Columbia, please visit our website at wwwBCWildfire.ca. For information on road closures please visit www.drivebc.ca