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NEWS RELEASE · 20th June 2011
Northwest Fire Centre
The Northwest Fire Centre is downsizing its operations on the Tisigar Lake fire as favourable weather conditions lead to a decrease in fire activity.

Areas of the fire received up to 15 mm of rain on Saturday evening and overnight, and winds are light from the southwest. Cool, wet weather and lighter winds are forecasted to continue into the week. Crews have completed fire guards along the fire’s southern and northeastern flanks, and last year’s Cassiar Highway fire is creating a fuel break directly to the north.

The rain puts a damper on the fire’s advance to the northwest in recent days, which burned an additional 700 hectares and brought the fire’s total area to 11,000 hectares. With no values, such as highways or structures, at risk in that area, crews continue a modified response by closely monitoring the area.

Travellers on Highway 37 are reminded to drive safely as smoke persists in the area. For more information on smoke and your health please visit www.northernhealth.ca. To see smoke forecasts across Canada, check out the website www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky.

If you see smoke or a fire, please report it by calling *5555 on a cell phone, or 1-800-663-5555. For more information on wildfires in British Columbia, please visit our website at www.bcwildfire.ca or visit us on facebook at www.facebook.com/bcforestfireinfo.