Tentfire Creek Blaze (Photo supplied by BC Wildfire Service)
Mother nature provided some rain to help aid wildfire suppression efforts within the PG Fire Centre.
Cutoff Creek, southwest of Fraser Lake remains the biggest blaze at over 23-thousand hectares while Mount Porter (south of PG) and Black Pine (west of PG) are at 15 and 16-thousand hectares respectively.
Communications Specialist, Sharon Nickel spoke with Vista Radio.
“We had quite a bit of rain over the Prince George Fire Centre and the ongoing suppression areas that we are able to get resources on with actually a nice reduction in fire activity.
Nickel added crews were able to put a dent into a trio of blazes not too far from PG.
“The Shesta Lake fires are both under control at twelve and eight hectares respectively and the Punchaw Lake fire is currently being held at 21 hectares. So, that’s good news with those fires either being held or put under control.”
Other fires of note within the PGFC are Grizzly Lake, southeast of Vanderhoof is at 4,600 hundred hectares in size while Klawli Lake (west of PG) is 6,231 hectares.
However, Nickel mentioned the Forres Mountain (8,700 hectares, west of PG), blaze is starting to level out.
“There is some growth on Forres Mountain but right now it is coming back into the park and is not growing towards any kind of area that would be of public safety concern.”
Tentfire Creek, near Tumbler Ridge is nearing 24-hundred hectares but has held steady due to rain in the area over the weekend.
“The suppression efforts allowed the BC Wildfire Service and personnel to get that under control,” said Nickel.
In addition, the Camsell Lake wildfire west of Fort Saint James has remained at 310 hectares for the fourth consecutive day. The Evacuation Order that was in place for the area has now been downgraded to an Alert courtesy of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.
Across BC, 300 fires are burning (as of 1pm) with 62 of those in the PGFC – eight of them are of note.