More Forest Fires Started over the Weekend

The Prince George fire centre responded to 12 fires over the weekend, 10
of which were caused by lightning.

Lightning caused one fire of note on the south side of Falling Creek, in a remote area
approximately 45 km southwest of Chetwynd, on Saturday afternoon. The fire grew to 67
hectares on Saturday, but has not grown significantly since then. Steep terrain and gusting wind
made access difficult for fire fighters. Crews worked with heavy machinery and airtankers, and
completely contained the fire by Sunday afternoon. There are currently 70 fire fighters supported
by four helicopters suppressing hot spots to keep the fire within its present perimeter.

The rest of the weekend’s new fire starts occurred in the north-eastern region of the
Prince George fire centre, and all remained small. All are currently being suppressed by initial
attack firefighting crews. There are currently 24 fire fighters working throughout the fire centre
on these small lightning fires.

The fire danger rating is currently moderate to high throughout most of the Prince George
Fire Centre. The weather is predicted to become wet and cool through the week but the fire
centre still urges people to be very careful with their fire use.

The Prince George Fire Centre ranges from the Yukon and Northwest Territories in the
north, to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Cottonwood River and Robson Valley in the south; and
from the Alberta border in the east to the Skeena Mountains in the west.

Geographically this area extends from Kinbasket Lake in the south to Endako in the west,
north to the Yukon border and east to the Alberta border.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most
cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or for updates on current
wildfire activity, visit www.bcwildfire.ca, or call our information line 1-888-3FOREST (1-888-
336-7378).

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