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Two notable wildfires burning within PG Fire Centre

Fire crews in the Prince George Fire Centre have made progress on a couple of significant blazes.

Over the weekend, rain showers helped end an evacuation order for the Teare Creek wildfire near McBride as the 11-hundred-hectare blaze is now being held.

In addition, the Coffee Creek fire in the Peace Region is under control. It is approximately 60 hectares and is now Under Control. Rapid response from the Charlie Lake volunteer fire department, BCWS crews and aviation resources led to successful structural defense for structures in the immediate area.

The Boundary Lake wildfire is approximately 5,900 hectares and is experiencing continued fire growth to the west and southwest. Crews worked late into the night on Saturday securing areas of concern on the north and south flanks, connecting fire guard to existing roads.

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Fire Information Officer, Alex Lane told Vista Radio one of their most significant blazes is Red Creek in the Fort St. John area, which is 28 hundred hectares in size.

But help is on the way.

“We will be hopefully looking at some more resources coming to the area in the next several days with that dedicated incident management team now in place.”

There are currently 44 fires burning within the Prince George Fire Centre.

The fire danger rating is ranging from Low to High.

The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) urges the public to limit fire use in the backcountry and to adhere to current prohibitions. Category 2 open burning along with fireworks, sky lanterns, binary exploding targets, burn barrels and cages of any size or description, and air curtain burners are prohibited in the Peace Forest District, Fort Nelson Forest District, and the Robson Valley Fire Zone.

However, with temperatures expected to reach the 30-degree range by the weekend in most areas, any current open burning bans may be extended.

“The temperatures are far above normal for this time of year – especially in the Peace Region. We are looking at further prohibitions given that we are looking at some hot and dry weather in the forecast.”

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